Wilson's Plover Life History


Habitat ShorelinesOcean beaches, lagoons, and salt flats.Back to top


Food Aquatic invertebratesCrustaceans, especially fiddler crabs, worms, insects.Back to top


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Conservation Restricted RangeThe North American population of Wilson's Plover is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists bird species that are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered without conservation action. A 2012 assessment estimated a U.S. population of 8,600 bids, with an additional 6,000 individuals thought to breed in the Caribbean and along the coast of eastern Mexico. Their range has been contracting southward over the last several decades. Wilson's Plover is listed as threatened or endangered in some states.Back to top


Andres, B. A., P. A. Smith, R. I. G. Morrison, C. L. Gratto-Trevor, S. C. Brown and C. A. Friis. 2012a. Population estimates of North American shorebirds, 2012. Wader Study Group Bulletin no. 119 (3):178-194.

Corbat, Carol A. and Peter W. Bergstrom. 2000. Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Lutmerding, J. A. and A. S. Love. Longevity records of North American birds. Version 2015.2. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2015.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2014. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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