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Charadrius sanctaehelenae
Photo by crispash
Location: Deadwood Plain, St Helena

Alternate name: Wirebird


15 cm. Long-legged, long thin bill, black head markings, buffy underparts. Immature lacks head markings and is duller.


St. Helena Island (Gulf of Guinea).


A monotypic species.


Short grassland; open forest clearings.


The diet includes a wide range of invertebrates.

2 eggs are laid.

Conservation Status

Classified as Critically Endangered in the 2008 IUCN Red List (BirdLife International, 2008). Populations have declined recently due to habitat loss (the result of changes in land use) and predation by introduced predators.


  1. BirdLife International (2008) Species factsheet: Charadrius sanctaehelenae. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/6/2008.

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