Dromadidae - crab plover
The 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 Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in Wild Extinct
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 NH Endangered in US Endangered in NH Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game
New Hampshire Species
North/Central American Species
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Crab Plover - Dromas ardeola
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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