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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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 10 July 2014
Scientific Name
Charadrius wilsonia
  • Charadriiformes
  • Charadriidae
  • Charadrius
  • C. wilsonia
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 8 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
6.3 to 7.9 inches
1.9 to 2.5 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Batuíra-bicuda
Chinese (汉语) 厚嘴鸻
Czech (Cesky) kulík tlustozobý
Danish (Dansk) Tyknæbbet Præstekrave
Dutch (Nederlands) Dikbekplevier
Finnish (Suomi) paksunokkatylli
French (Français) Pluvier de Wilson
German (Deutsch) Wilsonregenpfeifer
Italian (Italiano) Corriere di wilson
Japanese (日本語) ウイルソンチドリ [uirusonchidori]
Norwegian (Norsk) Tykknebblo
Polish (Polski) sieweczka grubodzioba
Russian (русский язык) Зуёк Вильсона
Spanish (Español) Chorlitejo Piquigrueso
Swedish (Svenska) Wilsonstrandpipare
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