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{{automatic Taxobox
| taxon = Charadrius
| name = ''Charadrius''
| name = ''Charadrius''
| image = Killdeer23.jpg
| image = Killdeer23.png
| image_width = 250px
| image_width = 250px
| image_caption = [[Killdeer]]
| image_caption = [[Killdeer]]
| regnum = [[Animal]]ia
| authority = [[Carolus Linnaeus|Linnaeus]], 1758
| phylum = [[Chordate|Chordata]]
| classis = [[Bird|Aves]]
| ordo = [[Charadriiformes]]
| familia = [[Charadriidae]]
| subfamilia = [[plover|Charadriinae]]
| genus = '''''Charadrius'''''
| genus_authority = [[Carolus Linnaeus|Linnaeus]], 1758
| subdivision_ranks = species
| subdivision_ranks = species
| subdivision =
| display_children = 1
''see text''
| synonyms = ''Aegialites'' / ''Aegialitis''
| synonyms = ''Aegialites'' / ''Aegialitis''

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Scientific classification Red Pencil Icon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Aequorlitornithes
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Subfamily: Charadriinae
Genus: Charadrius
Linnaeus, 1758

Aegialites / Aegialitis

Charadrius is a genus of plovers, a group of wading birds. They are found throughout the world.

File:Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) W IMG 0104.jpg

Many of the Charadrius species are characterised by breast bands or collars. These can be (in the adult) complete bands (Ringed, Semipalmated, Little Ringed, Long-billed), double or triple bands (Killdeer, Three-banded, Forbes', Two-banded, Double-banded) or partial collars (Kentish, Piping, Malaysian, Javan, Red-capped, Puna).

They have relatively short bills and feed mainly on insects, worms or other invertebrates, depending on habitat, which are obtained by a run-and-pause technique, rather than the steady probing of some other wader groups. They hunt by sight, rather than by feel as do longer-billed waders like snipe.

Species of the genus Aegialites (or Aegialitis) are now subsumed within Charadrius.

Species in taxonomic order


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