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Puna Plover Charadrius alticola
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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 altitudinal migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass 44.9 g


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 605,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Unknown -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 5.2 - - -
Trend justification: The population trend is difficult to determine because of uncertainty over the impacts of habitat modification on population sizes.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Argentina Native Extant        
Bolivia Native Extant        
Chile Native Extant        
Peru Native Extant        

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Argentina Bolsón de Pipanaco site factsheet
Bolivia Lago Poopó y Río Laka Jahuira site factsheet
Bolivia Reserva Biológica Cordillera de Sama site factsheet
Bolivia Yungas Superiores de Apolobamba site factsheet
Chile Parque Nacional Lauca site factsheet
Peru Cotahuasi site factsheet
Peru Covire site factsheet
Peru Lago de Junín site factsheet
Peru Lago Lagunillas site factsheet
Peru Lago Parinacochas site factsheet
Peru Laguna Maquera site factsheet
Peru Ramis y Arapa (Lago Titicaca, sector Peruano) site factsheet
Peru Reserva Nacional de Paracas site factsheet
Peru Reserva Nacional Pampa Galeras site factsheet
Peru Reserva Nacional Salinas y Aguada Blanca site factsheet
Peru Río Tambo y Lagunas de Mejía site factsheet
Peru Santuario Histórico Machu Picchu site factsheet
Peru Santuario Nacional de Calipuy site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha) suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Marshes/Pools major resident
Altitude 3000 - 4500 m Occasional altitudinal limits (max) 4700 m

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Charadrius alticola. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016.

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 (Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1902)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Unknown
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 605,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species