I read with great interest the paper by Dr Richard Chandler and Hadoram Shirihai (Brit. Birds 88: 136-140) concerning female Kentish Plovers Charadrius alexandrinus with complete breast-bands. In April 1994, I encountered three similar individual Kentish Plovers in a flock of about 100 on a small mudflat in Osaka Bay, Honshu, Japan. All three were males and all showed complete breast. Whilst watch


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