- 8.3–9.1 in
- 3.2–3.9 oz
- Pluvier montagnard (French)
- Tildío montañés, Chichicuilote montañés (Spanish)
- The Mountain Plover is one of the species that uses prairie dog towns to provide suitable breeding habitat in areas of longer grasses.
Breeds on open plains at moderate elevations. Winters in short-grass plains and fields, plowed fields, and sandy deserts.
- Clutch Size
- 1–4 eggs
- Condition at Hatching
- Downy and active, able to leave nest as soon as down dries.
This species is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists species most in danger of extinction without significant conservation action. Populations have been declining for many years. A proposal to list the species as "endangered" was rejected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2003, stating that species was more common than was believed.
- Knopf, F. L. 1996. Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus). In The Birds of North America, No. 211 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and The American Ornithologists_ Union, Washington, D.C.