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Dromadidae - crab plover

Crab PloverThe only species in this family is the crab plover. The crab plover lives in the mudflats of the Indian Ocean. It is white with a black back, flight feathers, and bill. It has long gray legs and a long, pointed black bill. Males and females look alike, but the male has a longer and thicker bill.

It eats crabs and other crustaceans. It usually feeds in large groups.

The crab plover nests in colonies. Its nest is a burrow made in a sandy bank. The female lays one egg. Both the male and the female take care of the chick.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species


 North/Central American Species

None   None

Other Species Around the World

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Crab Plover - Dromas ardeola Least Concern Africa Asia

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Crab Plover - Dromas ardeola profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia
The crab plover is found in Bahrain, Bangladesh, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Kuwait, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
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