The most common and widespread of Australia's beach-nesting shorebirds. It occurs along virtually the entire Australian coastline, and can congregate in great numbers inland, especially around salt lakes.
Inhabits open beaches, the lower reaches of estuaries, sandflats or mudflats at the margins of saline, brackish or freshwater wetlands.
May be observed foraging, using a characteristic 'stop-run-peck' method, for molluscs, small crustaceans and some vegetation.
Atlas of Living Australia at Charadrius ruficapillus Accessed 29 July 2020.
Birdlife Australia at https://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/red-capped-plover Accessed 27 July 2020.