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 Mountain Plover
 Charadrius montanus

Habitat: Rare to fairly common summer resident locally on eastern plains. The greatest numbers occur in northern Weld County (Graul and Webster 1976), and smaller numbers occur locally in El Paso and Pueblo counties, along the northern edge of the Arkasas Valley in Crowley and Kiowa counties, and in Cheyenne and Baca counties. Common to abundant fall migrant locally in Weld County and in the lower Arkansas Valley in Crowley, Bent, and Kiowa counties. However, it is a rare spring and fall migrant elsewhere on eastern plains (primarily fall). At the same time, it is a casual migrant (three spring records and four fall records) in northwestern and west-central valleys and in the San Luis Valley (three spring records). The species is a casual fall migrant in the Barr Lake area (Andrews and Carter 1992).

Range in Colorado: Common resident in foothills and mountains. In fall and winter, there is altitudinal movement, as many birds withdraw from the highest parts of the breeding range and the numbers in the foothills increases. Irregular visitor, mostly fall and early winter, to western valleys, eastern plains (mostly near foothills), and mountain parks. Very rare in fall and winter on extreme eastern plains, but casual in summer on eastern plains near foothills.


Status: State Special Concern


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