Living Bird Magazine
Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Charadriidae
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.More ID Info
- Chorlitejo Piquigrueso (Spanish)
- Pluvier de Wilson (French)
- 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.
- The oldest recorded Wilson's Plover was a male, and at least 6 years old when he was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in South Carolina.