mountainplover

February 8, 2017 – Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus)

Requested by: @gepwin

These plovers are found in the short-grass prairies of the western United States, wintering as far south as northern Mexico. Their diet is not well known, but is probably mostly insects, such as beetles, flies, and grasshoppers. They have a variety of breeding systems, being either monogamous, polyandrous, or polygynous. Males display by flying slowly over their territory calling to females. Females build their nests in depressions in the ground, sometimes leaving a first clutch of eggs to be incubated and cared for by a male, before building another nest, where they or a different male care for a second brood. They are listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to declining populations and a loss of breeding habitat.

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