Family Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellidae)

Near Threatened

Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellus socialis)


French: Pluvianelle magellanique German: Magellanregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlito de Magallanes

Pluvianellus socialis

G. R. Gray

, 1846,

Straits of Magellan




S Argentina and extreme S Chile. Winters N to Valdés Peninsula, and sometimes as far as Buenos Aires province, in SC Argentina.

Descriptive notes

19·5–21·5 cm; male 79–102 g, female 69·5–87 g. Pale grey turnstone-like wader, with very short legs; soft grey upperparts and breast;... read more


A ringing “coo” or “ceu” is most frequently heard vocalization, which... read more


During breeding season, occurs in highlands, at open shores of freshwater or brackish lakes, also... read more

Food and feeding

During breeding season takes tiny arthropods; chironomid larvae apparently form staple food in winter. Pecks food from surface, turns over... read more


Laying probably early Sept to mid Nov. Solitary, with strongly defended territories, often near small streams; additional feeding territory... read more


Resident, dispersive and migratory. Post-breeding, birds move to coast with some travelling... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Total population perhaps does not exceed 1500 birds, although it has been suggested that true figure may as... read more

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellus socialis). 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 25 March 2019).