The family Charadriidae is very large with seventy species listed and is split into subfamilies.
The subfamily Charadriinae contains forty-four species of the genera Pluvialis (4), Charadrius (34), Elseyornis (1), Thinornis (2), Anarhynchus (1), Phegornis (1), and Oreopholus (1). We have further divided this group into three sections.

Section 3, Other Plovers appear on this page.

Family: CHARADRIIDAE (Leach 1820)

Subfamily: CHARADRIINAE (Bonaparte 1842)

Genera: There are six species of plover within five genera in the group which we define as Other Plovers.

  • Anarhynchus – Greek; ana– backwards; rhunkhos bill (Quoy & Gaimard 1830).
  • Elseyornis – After Joseph Ravenscroft Elsey (1834-1858) Greek; ornis bird (Mathews 1914).
  • Oreopholus – Greek; oreopolos haunting mountains (oros mountain; poleo to range over) (Jardine & Selby 1835).
  • Phegornis – Greek; phengos light, splendour; ornis bird (G. R. Gray 1846).
  • Thinornis – Greek; this beach, sand; ornis bird (G.R. Gray 1845).
  • Australasia: Wrybill, Black-fronted Dotterel, Hooded Plover, Shore Plover.
  • South America: Tawny-throated Dotterel, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

O. r ruficollis (Wagler 1829)
O. r. pallidus (Carriker 1935)

A great deal of movement has happened in the taxonomy of the non typical ringed plovers. Some secies which originally had a genus of their own are now considered Charadrius, Inland Dotterel formerly Peltohyas (Sharpe 1896) and Eurasian Dotterel Eudromias (Brehm, 1830) the latter not being accepted by all authorities. Conversely some species that were hitherto considered to be Charadrius plovers even until recently, such as Hooded and Shore Plover, which have now been removed to a genus together (Thinornis), have been reassigned to the genera above.
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  • Seebohm, Henry: The Geographical Distribution of the Family Charadriidae, or, The Plovers, Sandpipers, Snipes, and Their Allies (1888)

Click on an image for more information about the individual species.

Genus Anarhynchus

WRYBILL – Near Threatened

Genus Elseyornis

BLACK-FRONTED DOTTEREL – Least Concern

Genus Oreopholus

TAWNY-THROATED DOTTEREL – Least Concern

Genus Phegornis

DIADEMED SANDPIPER-PLOVER – Near Threatened

Genus Thinornis

HOODED PLOVER – Vulnerable
SHORE PLOVER – Endangered