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Collared Plover - BirdForum Opus

Photo by arthurgrosset
Cassino, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004
Charadrius collaris

Identification

18 cm

  • Brown upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Black breast band

Male

  • White forehead
  • Black frontal bar
  • Black stripe from bill to eye
  • Chestnut mid-crown and nape
  • Yellow legs

Female: similar, though some may show a brownish tinge to the black areas

Distribution

Central and South America: found from Mexico to northern Argentina and central Chile.

Accidental vagrant to Texas (1 record).

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Wetlands, ponds, riverbanks and sandy beaches, flooded fields and freshwater marshes.

Behaviour

Breeding

They nest in a bare ground scrape often next to grass tufts. The clutch consists of 2 brown-blotched creamy eggs.

Vocalisation

Flight call: a sharp metallic pip.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Wikipedia

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