Shorelines Animals

Crab Plover
Crab Plover
Class: Aves: Birds Diet: Fish, squid, crustaceans
Order: Charadriiformes: Auks, Waders, Laris
Size: 38 cm (15 in)
Family: Dromadidae: Crab Plover Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Dromas ardeola Habitat: estuaries, reefs
Range:  Breeds on islands from Eastern Africa to the Persian Gulf; winters on coasts and islands of the western Indian Ocean

Size of Crab PloverA stocky bird with a heavy, compressed bill, the crab plover flies strongly and runs swiftly. Its black and white markings are striking and distinct in flight; the legs are long and the toes are partially webbed. Crabs are, indeed, the main item of its diet, but it also feeds on other crustaceans and on mollusks, which it breaks open with its strong, pointed bill. Crab plovers are noisy, gregarious birds and they nest in colonies. The female lays her single egg at the end of a burrow in a sandbank, often in a crab burrow. Although it is able to run around soon after hatching, the chick is cared for by both parents and fed in the burrow.

Range of Crab Plover
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