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Wilson's Plover

Charadrius wilsonia ORDER: CHARADRIIFORMES FAMILY: CHARADRIIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Wilson

A medium-sized plover of ocean beaches, the Wilson's Plover has a single chest band and a large, thick bill. The large bill helps it catch and eat larger prey items than other plovers on the beach.

Appearance

Shorebirds
Shorebirds
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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized shorebird.
  • Legs moderately long.
  • Neck short.
  • Back brown.
  • Underparts white with one thick black or brown band on chest.

Immature Description

Similar to nonbreeding adult, but with less distinct breast band and scaly pale edging on back feathers.

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Similar Species

  • Killdeer is larger and has two distinct chest bands.
  • Semipalmated Plover is smaller, has yellowish legs, a short bill that is yellow-based during breeding, and a more rounded, "cuter" profile.
  • Snowy Plover is smaller, has a pale back, and a short, thin bill.
  • Piping Plover is smaller, has a pale back, a short, sometimes orange-based bill, and a more rounded, "cuter" profile.

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