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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.

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Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
6.3–7.9 in
16–20 cm
Weight
1.9–2.5 oz
55–70 g
Other Names
  • Pluvier de Wilson (French)
  • Chorlo pico grueso (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • Wilson's Plover is named for early ornithologist Alexander Wilson, who collected the type specimen in May 1813 at Cape May, NJ, where this species is (and was) only a rare visitor.

Habitat


Shore-line

Ocean beaches, lagoons, and salt flats.

Food


Insects

Crustaceans, especially fiddler crabs, worms, insects.

Nesting

Nest Placement

Ground

Behavior


Probing

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

No known trends in populations. Listed as threatened or endangered in some states.

Credits

  • Corbat, C. A., and P. W. Bergstrom. 2000. Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia). In The Birds of North America, No. 516 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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