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Mountain Plover


IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened

Mountain Plover Photo

A native of the short-grass prairie, the Mountain Plover is a dull-colored shorebird of open, dry areas. Despite its name, it breeds in the high tablelands, not the mountains.


Typical Voice

Adult Description

Medium-sized to large shorebird. Legs moderately long. Neck short. Bill short. Head large and rounded. Back uniform sandy brown. Underside and face white. Underside of wings white. Thin white line shows on top of wing in flight. Tail brown with dark patch near tip. Breeding adult has black forehead and black line connecting eyes to bill.

Immature Description

Similar to nonbreeding adult.

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Field MarksHelp

  • Breeding Adult

    Mountain Plover

    Breeding Adult
    • © Shawn Billerman, Albany County, Wyoming, June 2014
  • Nonbreeding adult

    Mountain Plover

    Nonbreeding adult
  • Breeding adult

    Mountain Plover

    Breeding adult

    Mountain Plover

    • © Van Truan, Kiowa County, Colorado, July 2009

Similar Species

  • American Golden-Plover is more distinctly marked with spots on back, and lacks dark tail band and white stripe in wings.
  • Killdeer has two dark bands on chest.



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