Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Collared Plover (Charadrius collaris)


French: Pluvier de d’Azara German: Schlankschnabel-Regenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo de Azara

Charadrius collaris


, 1818,



Shorter-winged population occurring from Mexico to N Brazil is sometimes separated as a subspecies, gracilis. Monotypic.


WC & EC Mexico through Central America to W Colombia, W Ecuador and NW Peru and, E of Andes, S to C Argentina; C Chile; suggestion that species breeds on Grenada and perhaps on the Grenadines#R is now regarded as erroneous#R.

Descriptive notes

14–16 cm; 25·8–42 g; wingspan 36–39 cm. Differs from most similar species by rather narrow black breastband; black frontal bar and lores; upperpart... read more


Quite vocal. Most-frequently heard calls a short emphatic “pit” or “chit”, which might suggest ... read more


Sandy coastal beaches, inland and estuarine wetlands, riverbanks and ponds; also open sandy... read more

Food and feeding

Little studied; (water) beetles and their larvae, dragonflies, fly larvae, ants; on intertidal flats, takes polychaete worms, small... read more


Breeding season varies with latitude: Nov–Dec in W Mexico; nest with egg in May in Belize; breeds Mar–Jun in Costa Rica; nest... read more


Sedentary, or largely so, e.g. the species is considered to be mainly a scarce migrant in El... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No range-wide population estimates available, but apparently very common in E South America. Population of coastal Peru estimated at... read more

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Collared Plover (Charadrius collaris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 May 2019).