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Collared Plover Charadrius collaris
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass 28.3 g


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 15,000,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals 670-6700 poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Decreasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 5.2 - - -
Population justification: The population is estimated to number 1,000-10,000 individuals, roughly equating to 670-6,700 mature individuals.
Trend justification: The overall population trend is decreasing, although some populations have unknown trends (Wetlands International 2006).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Antigua and Barbuda Native Extant       Yes
Argentina Native Extant       Yes
Aruba (to Netherlands) Native Extant       Yes
Barbados Native Extant       Yes
Belize Native Extant   Yes    
Bolivia Native Extant       Yes
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (to Netherlands) Native Extant       Yes
Brazil Native Extant       Yes
Chile Native Extant       Yes
Colombia Native Extant       Yes
Costa Rica Native Extant       Yes
Curaçao (to Netherlands) Native Extant       Yes
Dominica Native Extant       Yes
Ecuador Native Extant       Yes
El Salvador Native Extant       Yes
French Guiana Native Extant       Yes
Grenada Native Extant Yes      
Guatemala Native Extant       Yes
Guyana Native Extant       Yes
Honduras Native Extant       Yes
Martinique (to France) Native Extant       Yes
Mexico Native Extant       Yes
Montserrat (to UK) Native Extant       Yes
Nicaragua Native Extant       Yes
Panama Native Extant       Yes
Paraguay Native Extant       Yes
Peru Native Extant       Yes
Sint Maarten (to Netherlands) Native Extant       Yes
St Kitts and Nevis Native Extant       Yes
St Lucia Native Extant       Yes
St Martin (to France) Vagrant Extant   Yes    
St Vincent and the Grenadines Native Extant       Yes
Suriname Native Extant       Yes
Trinidad and Tobago Native Extant     Yes  
Uruguay Native Extant Yes      
USA Native Extant       Yes
Venezuela Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Argentina Laguna Melincué site factsheet
Colombia Ciénaga Grande, Isla de Salamanca and Sabana Grande RAMSAR biosphere reserve site factsheet
Costa Rica Central Pacific Mangrooves site factsheet
Costa Rica Nicoya Gulf mangroves and coastal areas site factsheet
Ecuador Ciénaga de La Segua site factsheet
Ecuador Reserva Ecológica Arenillas site factsheet
French Guiana Amana site factsheet
Honduras Parque Nacional Patuca site factsheet
Honduras Rio Platano site factsheet
Mexico Istmo de Tehuantepec-Mar Muerto site factsheet
Paraguay Laguna Ganzo site factsheet
Paraguay Lagunas Saladas - Riacho Yacaré site factsheet
Paraguay Parque Nacional Tinfunqué - Estero Patiño site factsheet
Trinidad and Tobago West Coast Mudflats site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Marine Intertidal Sandy Shoreline and/or Beaches, Sand Bars, Spits, Etc major resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) major resident
Altitude 0 - 800 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Charadrius collaris. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Charadriidae (Plovers)
Species name author Vieillot, 1818
Population size 670-6700 mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 15,000,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species