PLOVERS AND LAPWINGS   -   CHARADRIIDAE


Pied Lapwing - Vanellus cayanus
Pied Lapwing (Pied Plover)
Vanellus cayanus
Rio Cuiabá, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
This attractive plover is found on sandy beaches along larger rivers in South America. (S7)


Southern Lapwing - Vanellus chilensis
Southern Lapwing
Vanellus chilensis lampronotus
Iguaçu National Park, Paraná state, Brazil.
A common yet handsome bird of open habitats throughout much of South America. It is expanding its range following deforestation. (S6)


Andean Lapwing - Vanellus resplendens
Andean Lapwing
Vanellus resplendens
Lake Junín, Junín department, Peru.
Found in high Andean páramo and puna above about 3000 m. (S8)


Andean Lapwing - Vanellus resplendens
Andean Lapwing
Vanellus resplendens
Laguna de los Pozuelos, Jujuy province, Argentina.
(S8)


Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus
Semipalmated Plover
Charadrius semipalmatus
Changuinola River mouth, Bocas del Toro province, Panama.
They are only non-breeding visitors to Central and South America, mainly only during the boreal winter, but a few do oversummer. (S8)


Wilson's Plover - Charadrius wilsonia
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia wilsonia
Barra Grande, Bahia state, Brazil.
Wilson's Plovers breed along the coast of northern South America, but in Bahia only the migrant race race from North America occurs. This is about as far south as they regularly occur. (D3)


Collared Plover - Charadrius collaris
Collared Plover
Charadrius collaris
Changuinola River mouth, Bocas del Toro province, Panama.
Primarily a fresh water plover, but is locally found along the coast. It occurs through most of the neotropics, especially where there are large rivers with sandy banks and islands. (S8)


Collared Plover - Charadrius collaris
Collared Plover
Charadrius collaris
Rio Três Irmãos, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
(S8)


Puna Plover - Charadrius alticola
Puna Plover
Charadrius alticola
Laguna de los Pozuelos, Jujuy province, Argentina.
(S8)


Two-banded Plover - Charadrius falklandicus
Two-banded Plover
Charadrius falklandicus
Punta Popper Nature Reserve, Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
Adult. This plover is restricted to the Southern Cone and the Falklands. (S8)


Two-banded Plover - Charadrius falklandicus
Two-banded Plover
Charadrius falklandicus
Punta Popper Nature Reserve, Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
Juvenile. (S8)


Rufous-chested Dotterel - Charadrius modestus
Rufous-chested Dotterel
Charadrius modestus
Pali Aike National Park, Region XII, Chile.
(D3)


Diademed Sandpiper-Plover - Phegornis mitchellii
Diademed Plover
Phegornis mitchellii
Embalse de Yeso, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile.
A strange and beautiful bird mainly found in Andean bogs at at extreme elevations. This photo was taken at about 4600 m (15000 ft). Usually called Diademed Sandpiper-Plover because of uncertainty over which family to place it in. SACC dropped the "sandpiper" modifier since recent genetic data supports leaving it in the Charadridae. (S5)


Tawny-throated Dotterel - Oreopholus ruficollis
Tawny-throated Dotterel
Oreopholus ruficollis ruficollis
Trelew-Punta Tombo road, Chubut province, Argentina.
A truly gorgeous shorebird of drier parts of South America. It can be found in deserts, Patagonian steppe, and high Andean puna environments. It can sometimes be found in loose flocks of over a dozen birds. (S6)


Tawny-throated Dotterel - Oreopholus ruficollis
Tawny-throated Dotterel
Oreopholus ruficollis ruficollis
Pali Aike National Park, Region XII, Chile.
(S5)



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