The Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula, is a small plover.
Adults have a grey-brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with one black neckband. They have a brown cap, a white forehead, a black mask around the eyes and a short orange and black bill. The legs are orange and the toes are all webbed, unlike the slightly smaller but otherwise very similar Semipalmated Plover, which also has a narrower breast band.
This species differs from the smaller Little Ringed Plover in leg colour, the head pattern, and the lack of an obvious yellow eye-ring.
Their breeding habitat is open ground on beaches or flats across northern Eurasia and in arctic northwest Canada. Some birds breed inland, and in western Europe they nest as far south as northern France. They nest on the ground in an open area with little or no plant growth.
These birds forage for food on beaches, tidal flats and fields, usually by sight. They eat insects, crustaceans and worms.