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Two-banded Plover
Charadrius falklandicus

Two-banded Plover
Chorlito de Doble Collar
Charadrius falklandicus
Length: 190mm. Sexes alike. Bill black; iris dark brown; forehead white followed by a black band across upper forehead, covering orbital and auricular region; this black band is followed by a reddish cinnamon band running on either side of crown down the sides and upper part of hind neck; centre of crown and nape brown; lores, malar region, chin and throat white; foreneck white crossed halfway by a black collar; a wider black breast band covers the upper breast; remainder of breast, flanks, abdomen and undertail coverts pure white; above and scapulars greyish brown with feathers fringed whitish; rump brown with white sides; uppertail coverts brown; rectrices dark brown with outer feathers on both sides fringed white; wing coverts as back; primaries dark brown; secondaries dark brown with white band; underwing coverts and axillaries white; legs black.
Juveniles show crown, nape, auriculars, both collars and above brownish grey. Adults in nonbreeding plumage resemble juveniles. Habitat and behaviour: it frequents muddy and sandy beaches and marine coasts. Also found on edges of saline water ponds. When shallow, less than two centimetres deep, it will venture into the water and hunt for diminutive invertebrates. Found in somewhat loose groups. Tame, often associated with other species of correlimos (sandpipers).
In breeding season they split up in pairs. Nests are made in shallow scrapes on the ground. Up to three buffy olive coloured eggs are laid mottled with brown on the thick end. Upon any threat it will pretend to be injured, thus luring away any danger to the clutch.
Range: the entire Patagonia. Very common along the shores and on saline ponds in the Patagonian steppe; on coasts and beaches of the mountain lakes its occurrence is scarce or casual. Also found on Islas Malvinas and in autumn it migrates to the north reaching Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Catamarca; it also reaches Uruguay and southeast Brazil; in Chile it occurs from Cape Horn to Antofagasta.
Illustrated Handbook of the Birds of Patagonia
Kindless: Kovacs Family

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Birding Patagonia • Birdwatcing in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina and Chile.
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