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Mountain Plover

Charadrius montanus ORDER: CHARADRIIFORMES FAMILY: CHARADRIIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened

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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.

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At a GlanceHelp

Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
8.3–9.1 in
21–23 cm
Weight
3.2–3.9 oz
90–110 g
Other Names
  • Pluvier montagnard (French)
  • Tildío montañés, Chichicuilote montañés (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • The Mountain Plover is one of the species that uses prairie dog towns to provide suitable breeding habitat in areas of longer grasses.

Habitat


Grassland

Breeds on open plains at moderate elevations. Winters in short-grass plains and fields, plowed fields, and sandy deserts.

Food


Insects

Nesting

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size
1–4 eggs
Condition at Hatching
Downy and active, able to leave nest as soon as down dries.
Nest Placement

Ground

Behavior


Ground Forager

Conservation

status via IUCN

Near Threatened

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.

Credits

  • 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.

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