The Tawny-throated Dotterel is a distinctive plover of open country in temperate South America. The Tawny-throated Dotterel consists of two disjunct subspecies. The northern O.r. pallidus breeds on the arid coast of Peru and is a year-long resident, and the souther O. r. ruficollis breeds on the the Patagonian steppe in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru; north at least to Lake Junin; and in the Sierras de Comechingones in central Argentina. O.r. ruficollis breeds in grazed puna grasslands and sandy areas with sparse vegetation, and migrates to nonbreeding grounds through the patagonian lowlands to the patagonian coast, epsecially in fields and meadows. The Tawny-throated Dotterel is well-camoflauged for sparse grass, and will often turn its buff and black striped back towards the observor to hide. Tawny-throated Dotterels are overall pale buff, with a warm chestnut throat, gray sides to the neck, a small black patch on the belly, and a narrow white supercilum.