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Wilson's Plover

From Opus

Charadrius wilsonia
Photo by NIGHTJAR1New Providence, Bahamas, June 2005
Photo by NIGHTJAR1
New Providence, Bahamas, June 2005


[edit] Identification


  • Upper parts mostly dark grey
  • Short white wing bar
  • White tail sides
  • White underparts apart from breast band
  • Legs are pink, brighter when breeding
  • Bill is dark (larger and heavier than similar-sized plovers)

Breeding male

  • Black breast band, lores and forecrown
  • Rufous mask

Female and non-breeding male are similar but have brown or rufous backs. Non-breeding birds have a greyer tinge on the head and breast band
Immature birds: similar to the female, however the breast band is not always complete

[edit] Distribution

North, Central and South America
Breeds on both coasts of North America. The range includes much of the eastern coast, and the west coast of Mexico. A partial migrant. Some birds winter in Florida, the rest move south to Brazil and Peru

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies1

There are 3 subspecies:

  • C. w. wilsonia :
  • C. w. beldingi:
  • C. w. cinnamominus:

An additional subspecies rufinucha is not recognized by all authorities1

[edit] Habitat

Sandbars and sandy beaches.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They move slowly when feeding. The diet consists mostly of crabs, insects and marine worms.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is a bare scrape

[edit] Vocalisation

The call is a high weak whistle.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Wikipedia

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