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Collared Plover Charadrius collaris

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Collared Plover is a common tropical and subtropical shorebird distributed broadly from Mexico south into the northern half of South America. Though it is found along the coasts and estuaries, Collared Plover is abundant on the sandy shores of large rivers inland.  This is a small plover, pale brown above and white below, with a black and white preocular area, chestnut crown and nape, black breastband, and yellow legs.  The similar Snowy Plover is paler, lacks a complete breastband, and has dark legs.  Collared Plovers give a quiet "prrp" call when alarmed and in flight.

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Recommended Citation

Collared Plover (Charadrius collaris), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/colplo1