Tawny-throated Dotterel (Oreopholus ruficollis)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lomas de Lachay, Lima

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lomas de Lachay, Lima

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Andes of Lima

Identification & Behavior: ~26 cm (10.2 in). The Tawny-throated Dotterel has streaked back and wings, gray neck and breast, and patterned head.  It has a distinctive tawny patch on the throat and upper neck, and black in the center of the belly. Unmistakable color pattern, but see American Golden Plover.

Status: The Tawny-throated Dotterel is an uncommon to rare breeding resident in the lowlands of northwest Peru (pallidus). A separate population of Austral migrants winters in the high Andes and lowlands of central and southern Peru during the month of March through October. There are breeding records of apparently the Austral migrants as far north as Lomas de Lachay in Lima. It also occurs in Ec, Br, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Chorlo de Campo.

Sub-species: Tawny-throated Dotterel (Oreopholus ruficollis pallidus), Carriker 1935.
(O. r. ruficollis), Wagler 1829.

Meaning of Name: Oreopholus: Gr. oros= mountain and pole= over. ruficollis: L. rufus= red, brown and collis= neck.

See more of the Family Charadriidae   peru aves

Distribution Map


    • 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.