Wilson's Plover

About the Wilson's Plover

The Wilson's Plover is a small species of shorebird found across parts of the Americas. Unlike some other small banded shorebirds, the Wilson's Plover is strictly coastal. Portions of the population are migratory, while birds in places like Florida and Caribbean islands remain year-round.

Wilson's Plovers have brownish backs, white underparts, and a dark band (black in breeding males) across the chest. They have relatively thick bills, which helps birders distinguish them from other similarly banded small shorebirds.

The Wilson's Plover has a conservation status of Least Concern as of July 2014, though the population trend is thought to be decreasing. They face threats of disturbance and degradation to their breeding and wintering habitats.

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