French: Pluvier de Wilson German: Wilsonregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo piquigrueso
shore of Cape May, New Jersey, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
C. w. wilsonia
Ord, 1814 – E USA to E Mexico and Belize, Bahamas, Greater Antilles and N Lesser Antilles; winters S to N South America.
C. w. beldingi
(Ridgway, 1919) – Pacific coast from extreme NW Mexico (Baja California) S to Panama and Ecuador, ranging S locally to C Peru.
C. w. cinnamominus
(Ridgway, 1919) – coastal N Colombia to French Guiana; also Leeward Antilles, islands off NE Venezuela, S Lesser Antilles (the Grenadines and Grenada) and Trinidad.
C. w. crassirostris
Spix, 1825 – coast of NE Brazil from Amapá to Bahia.
16·5–20 cm; 45·2–80 g; wingspan 36 cm. Distinctive plover with large, thick black bill. Female has black of breastband and forecrown replaced with... read more
Most-frequently heard calls a short emphatic “pit!”, a softer “dik” or doubled “di-dik”, a trilled... read more
Strictly coastal, occurring on barren or nearly barren sandy beaches and sandbars, preferring... read more
Food and feeding
Apparently mainly fiddler crabs (from observations in Texas, Panama and Venezuela, constituting up to 98·6% of diet in last-named... read more
Eggs mainly found Apr to early Jul, including re-nests after first fails, over most of N of range S to Venezuela and French Guiana (peak... read more
Partial migrant, with partially overlapping breeding and winter range. Nominate race migrates S to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Few population estimates available, although has been suggested that total population in North America is c. 6000, including c. 360... read more
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