LESSER SAND-PLOVER atrifrons group Charadrius mongolus

Sometimes called Mongolian plovers, the atrifrons group are eastern races with predominantly white foreheads, inviting confusion with Greater Sandplover. Sometimes considered a separate species. The left hand bird is of race stegmanni from Kamchatka and the Kommander Islands. Strangely the bird is only a migrant in Mongolia, birds wintering commonly on the same coasts as Greater Sandplover, where the right hand bird was taken in Northern Queensland.

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