Scientific Name:

Anarhynchus leschenaultii


Greater Sandplover


Greater Sandplover Fact File

Distribution: Central Europe

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Subspecies: Three

A. l. columbinus: Turkey to southern Afghanistan

A. l. scythicus: Turkmenistan through southern Kazakhstan

A. l. leschenaultii: western China to southern Mongolia and southern Siberia

Further reading:

Identification, taxonomy and distribution of Greater and Lesser Sand Plovers – Erik Hirschfeld, C. S. (Kees) Roselaar and Hadoram Shirihai

Current conservation efforts





All photographs by Elis Simpson – Wader Quest