Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Puna Plover (Charadrius alticola)


French: Pluvier de la puna German: Punaregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo andino

Ægialitis alticola

Berlepsch and Stolzmann

, 1902,

Ingapirca, Junín, Peru


In past, sometimes considered a subspecies of C. falklandicus. Monotypic.


Puna zone of high Andes, from C Peru (Junín) through NE Chile (to Atacama) and W Bolivia to NW Argentina (Catamarca).

Descriptive notes

16·5–17·5 cm; 41–49 g. Compact plover with ‘neckless’ appearance; black legs and bill, white face; large white forehead demarcated by... read more


Rather silent. Most-frequently heard call a short, emphatic “pit”. When excited, such notes are... read more


High-plateau regions with wide expanses of rather firm clay or mud; partly flooded, strongly grazed... read more

Food and feeding

Very little information available, but food includes small crustaceans. Outside breeding season usually feeds in loose parties.


Lays mainly Sept–Oct, rarely Jan (Argentina). Solitary. Nest situated on short, matted grass. Clutch 2–4 eggs, colour sandy... read more


Probably mainly sedentary, but at least part of population regularly descends to Pacific coast,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No population estimates available; rather common in S & C parts of range, e.g. on S shores of L Titicaca.

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Puna Plover (Charadrius alticola). 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).