Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Puna Plover (Charadrius alticola)


Taxonomy

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

Ægialitis alticola

Berlepsch and Stolzmann

, 1902,

Ingapirca, Junín, Peru

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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.

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2017). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/53842 on 23 November 2017).