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Photo © by Absolute_beginner
Punta-Arenas, Chile, November 2017
Charadrius falklandicus


Bird with incomplete breast band but more typical crown and neck
Photo © by StrikingSlug
Bertha's Beach,Falkland Islands, December 2008

17–19 cm (6¾-7½ in)

  • White forehead and lores
  • Black frontal bar
  • Chestnut crown and hind neck (duller in the female)
  • Two breast black bands (the upper one may be incomplete)

Non-breeding: the black bands become grey and the rufous becomes grey-brown.


Breeds southern Chile, Argentina and Falkland Islands; winters to southern Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Non-breeding plumage
Photo © by canutus
Cariló, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Freshwater lakes, salt marshes, shingle seashores, sandy beaches, estuaries, mud-flats, wet savannas.



Nests are shallow scrapes in heath or grassland. The clutch contains 2-4 eggs and are laid from September to January (later in the uplands). They are incubated for 4 weeks.


Their diet consists of insects and small invertebrates foraged amongst coastal vegetation, seaweed and rockpools.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2018)

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