COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Mountain Plover in Canada

The Mountain Plover is a medium-sized shorebird, about the size of a Killdeer, but with longer legs and more erect posture. Its upperparts are generally uniformly sandy-brown and its underparts white. Breeding birds have a white forehead, black on top of the head, a distinctive black loral stripe from the black bill to the eye, and a forecrown mottled black. The breast band present in many other plovers is absent in this species. There are no known subspecies.

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  • Author: Government of Canada, Environment Canada
  • Language of Document: Separate English/French
  • Document Type: Report
  • Pages: 42
  • Year: 2010