January 6, 2017 – Diademed Plover or Diademed Sandpiper-plover (Phegornis mitchellii)

These plovers are found on mossy tundra and bogs in the Andes, from Peru south to parts of Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. Though their diet is not well known, they have been observed foraging alone or in pairs, probing their long beaks into soft mud in search of invertebrates. They are not found in many bogs that appear identical to those they occupy, making their precise habitat requirements somewhat of a mystery. Though little is known of their breeding behavior, their eggs have been observed on small grassy mounds and chicks are known to stay close to adults as they forage. Classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN, habitat loss and human disturbance in their small range could put them at risk.


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