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Red-capped plover is a species of birds of the plover family

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Red-capped plover

The red-capped plover is a species of birds of the plover family.

The red-capped plover is a flying bird with a body length of about 15 cm, a wingspan of about 30 cm and a weight of 35 - 40 g. Below and behind the plumage is white, above - brown shades. In males, the head and neck from above are red, hence the name of the species, in females they are sometimes paler, sometimes red or gray-brown. The beak is black.

The species is widespread in Australia, with small populations in New Zealand. The plover lives in swampy areas, near rivers, in floodplains, feeding on invertebrates. Usually 2 yellowish-brown eggs with black specks are laid, incubated for 30 days, chicks are brood-colored eggs that help to camouflage themselves from birds of prey.

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