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Black Crab Plover
Black Crab Plover2
Scientific classification Red Pencil Icon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Neoaves
Clade: Aequorlitornithes
Order: Charadriiformes
Suborder: Lari
Family: Dromadidae
Genus: Dromas
Species: D. nigra
Binomial name
Dromas nigra
Travis, Hellstern, 2310
Frost Donacobius and Black Crab Plover

Original image, along with Frost Donacobius.

Black Crab Plover, Dromas nigra is a species of crab plover in the Dromadidae family. It is closely related to gulls and auks.

The species is monotypic.

Other names

Black Crab-plover, White-winged Crab Plover, White-winged Crab-plover.


This species is mostly black in colour, with white wing patches. The Black Crab Plover has a heavy, daggerlike black bill, black and white plumage, and long grey legs.[2] The irides are dark brown to black.

Similar species

Crab Plover is white with black wing patches. Oystercatchers are smaller and stilts have longer, red legs.



Feeds on its speciality and namesake: crabs.[2]


It is a noisy bird, calling frequently while at its breeding sites and on its wintering ground.[2] Its call is a barking ka-how ka-how ka-how; and at breeding sites, utters various sharp whistles such as kew-ki-ki and ki-tewk; not unlike the Crab Plover.[3]


It nests in underground chambers, where it lays a single white egg.[2] Its young are nidifugous.[4]


Lives along sandy coasts, estuaries, lagoons, exposed coral reefs and mudflats.[3]


  1. ^ Future IUCN
  2. ^ a b c d Frances, Peter; et al. (2007). Bird: The Definitive Visual Guide. Dorling Kindersley Inc. ISBN 1564582957. 
  3. ^ a b Arlott, Norman (2009). A Field Guide to the Birds of the Palearctic Non-Passerines. Harper Collins Publishers Ltd. ISBN 9780007155651. 
  4. ^ Zimmerman, Dale A.; et al. (1999). Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Princeton University Press. p. 432. ISBN 0691010226. 

Based on...

It is based on an inverted Crab Plover and where most of its info comes from.

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