Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Two-banded Plover (Charadrius falklandicus)


French: Pluvier des Falkland German: Falkland-Regenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo malvinero
Other common names: Banded Plover

Charadrius falklandicus


, 1790,

Port Egmont, Falkland Islands


In past, sometimes considered conspecific with C. alticola. Mainland birds may constitute a separate race, on grounds of high frequency of broken upper breastband in Falkland Is population. Monotypic.


Coasts of C & S Chile and Argentina; locally in S Brazil; Falkland Is. Winters N to N Chile, Uruguay and S Brazil.

Descriptive notes

17–19 cm; 62–72 g. Slightly larger and longer-billed than C. alticola; white forehead and lores, black frontal bar; crown and hindneck pale chestnut; two... read more


Most-frequently heard call a short emphatic “pit” or mellower “whit”. Presumed display song a... read more


Gravelly and stony sea shores; also sandy beaches, wet savannas and short-grass borders with... read more

Food and feeding

Known to take small invertebrates; studies in Patagonian Argentina identified seven prey types, the most numerous being the polychaetes... read more


Laying mid Sept–Jan, sometimes later in upland habitats, or if replacement clutches. Solitary. Nest in simple depression in ground,... read more


Most birds migrate N in non-breeding season, although some still found over most of breeding range... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population estimated at 10,000–100,000 birds, of which 7000–13,000 pairs occur on Falkland Is. Numbers seem to be stable... read more

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Two-banded Plover (Charadrius falklandicus). 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 February 2020).