Puna Plover (Charadrius alticola)

Order: Charadriiformes   | Family: Charadriidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Puno

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lake Junin, Junin

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Arequipa

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lake Junin, Junin


Identification & Behavior: ~17.2 cm (6.7 in). The Puna Plover has grayish-brown upperparts, nape, and top of the head. The forehead and underparts are white with a light gray breast band and what appears to be the beginning of a broken breast band. It has a black forecrown stripe with a rufous wash that extends down the sides of the neck. The legs are black. It is similar to Puna Plover, but their ranges do not overlap. Also, see Semipalmated Plover.

Status: The Puna Plover is uncommon to rare along the shores of bodies of water at elevations ranging between 3500 4500 m. It is a rare visitor to the coastal western lowlands. It also occurs in Bo and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Chorlo de la Puna.

Sub-species: Puna Plover (Charadrius alticola), Berlepsch and Stolzmann 1902.

Meaning of Name: Charadrius= A yellowish bird mentioned in the Vulgate Bible. alticola: altus= high, and cola= dweller.

See more of the Family Charadriidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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References:

    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 01/01/2015.