Scientific name:

Anarhynchus ruficapillus


Red-capped Plover


Red-capped Plover Fact File

Distribution: Australia

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Subspecies: None – Monotypic

Current conservation efforts

Together with the Sooty Oystercatcher, Pied Oystercatcher, Beach Stone-curlew and Hooded Plover, the Red-capped Plover is protected as part of BirdLife Australia’s “Beach-nesting Birds project”. This long running project was established in 2006 to

  • Raise awareness among beach users about beach-nesting birds
  • Train local volunteers to monitor beach-nesting birds, identify threats and improve management
  • Protect eggs and chicks through temporary fencing, signage, artificial shelters
  • Research new ways of protecting birds and improving breeding success

Read more about how this excellent incentive is helping these beach-nesting birds:


Red-capped Plover protected by Birdlife Australia




All photographs by Elis Simpson – Wader Quest