Mountain Plover

Charadrius montanus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4

MOPL

Code 6

CHAMOT

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Mountain Plover has a large breeding range of 759,000 square kilometers that includes shortgrass prairie, and other open habitats with very short vegetation in parts of south-central Canada, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, western Kansas, New Mexico, and a few sites in eastern Arizona, western Texas, and northern Mexico. It winters in similar open habitats and fallow fields in central and southern California, southern Arizona, southern Texas, and northern Mexico. This bird species has an estimated population of 11,000 to 14,000 individuals and shows significant signs of decline that necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current conservation rating of the Mountain Plover is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Mountain Plover: Medium-sized plover with pale brown upperparts, white underparts, and brown sides. Head has brown cap, white face, and dark eyestripe. The upperwings are brown with black edges and white bars; underwings are white. Tail is brown-black with white edges. Legs and feet are pale gray.

 

Range and Habitat

Mountain Plover: Breeds in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas Panhandle east to Nebraska. Spends winters from central California, southern Arizona and Texas southward into Mexico. One of the few shorebirds that lives in dry regions away from water, preferring shortgrass prairie and dry lowland areas; often found on grassy or bare dirt fields.

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Mountain Plover SONGS AND CALLS

Mountain Plover A1

Display calls given in flight.

Mountain Plover A2

Harsh "kip" calls and rolling "wee-wee" whistled display calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"krrr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Mountain Plover is misnamed, as it lives on level land. Unlike most plovers, it is usually not found near bodies of water or even on wet soil.
  • It often associates with livestock, which attract and stir up insects.
  • It was formerly classified as Vulnerable species by the IUCN. But new research has shown it to be not as rare as it was believed.
  • A group of plovers has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "congregation", "deceit", "ponderance" and "wing" of plovers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Imran Kahn

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X