- 6.3–7.9 in
- 1.9–2.5 oz
- Pluvier de Wilson (French)
- Chorlo pico grueso (Spanish)
- 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.
Ocean beaches, lagoons, and salt flats.
Crustaceans, especially fiddler crabs, worms, insects.
The North American population of Wilson's Plover is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists species most in danger of extinction without significant conservation action. There are no known trends in populations. They are listed as threatened or endangered in some states.
- 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.