Friday, August 26, 2011

Shorebirds: Malaysian Plovers

As luck would have it, two nature photographers wondering along a beach had a lone Malaysian Plover stand quietly for us to photograph.

Initial thoughts were, we had found a rare White-faced (Swinhoe's) Plover, which is quite similar to the Malaysian Plover. After much debate, the bird was determined to be a young bird of no more than a year by experts.
Even though it's not the White-faced Plover, the Malaysian Plover is a species that is classified as near-threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species with about 10,000 individuals. Their decline is thought to be brought on by loss of habitat and human disturbances. 
These birds are known to breed in Singapore but there's not much viable coastline left for these birds here too.

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