LESSER SAND-PLOVER atrifrons group
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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