Common Ringed Plover
(Charadrius hiaticula)


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The Common Ringed Plover breeds widely across northern Eurasia. In Canada, it only breeds in Nunavut, along the eastern edge of the central and high Arctic, especially on Baffin and Ellesmere Islands. In late summer, individuals can appear along the Atlantic Coast of Canada and the northern United States. Across much of its range, the species is believed to have increased moderately and then levelled off relative to about 1990, but there is no information on its status in Canada specifically. While Common Ringed Plovers face a variety of threats during migration and in winter, the small population in Canada is far removed from most anthropogenic threats during the breeding season. This species has been identified as a priority for conservation and/or stewardship in one or more Bird Conservation Region Strategies in Canada.


Main designations for the species
DesignationStatusDateSubspecies, population
IUCN (Global)Least concern2018 
Wild Species (Canada)Apparently secure2015 
Bird Conservation Region StrategyPriority Species2013 

Population status

Geographic area or populationPopulation change relative to ~1970ReliabilityStatus in relation to goal
CanadaData DeficientData DeficientData Deficient

Population estimate

Geographic area or populationPopulation estimate
Canada1,000 - 10,000 adults (includes birds breeding and migrating within Canada)

Distribution maps


Migration strategy, occurrence

Long-distance migrant

Responsibility for conservation

Geographic areaResponsibility based on % of global population
CanadaVery Low

Conservation and management

The Common Ringed Plover is threatened by oil pollution, habitat loss, and degradation at key migratory staging sites in Europe (BirdLife International 2011). Currently, it is unlikely that the species faces significant threats on its remote breeding grounds in Canada.


Bird conservation region strategies

Environment and Climate Change Canada and partners have developed Bird Conservation Region Strategies in each of Canada’s Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs). In these strategies, selected species are identified as priorities for one or more of the following reasons:

  • conservation concerns (i.e., species vulnerable due to population size, distribution, population trend, abundance, or threats)
  • stewardship responsibilities (i.e., species that typify the regional avifauna or have a large proportion of their range or population in the sub-region)
  • management concerns (i.e., species that require ongoing management because of their socio-economic importance as game species, or because of their impacts on other species or habitats)
  • other concerns (i.e., species deemed a priority by regional experts for other reasons than those listed above or because they are listed as species at risk or concern at the provincial level)

Select any of the sub-regions below to view the BCR strategy for additional details.

BCRs, marine biogeographic units, and sub-regions in which the species is listed as a priority
RegionSub-region and priority type
Arctic Plains and MountainsArctic Plains and Mountains, sub-region and priority type: Prairie and Northern -- Other