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Plovers and Lapwings: Charadriidae

Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation Status, Killdeer (charadrius Vociferus): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, LAPWINGS PLOVERS AND PEOPLE

KILLDEER (Charadrius vociferus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Plovers and lapwings are found worldwide, on all continents except Antarctica.

Plovers and lapwings occupy a wide range of habitats including seashores, the banks of freshwater lakes and ponds, grasslands, and even flooded tundra areas. Many species occupy human-associated habitats such as agricultural fields, sewage ponds, airports, golf courses, roads, and rooftops.

Two plover species, the black-bellied plover and golden-plover, were hunted for food in North America during the 1800s. Conservation efforts for the snowy plover and piping plover, which breed on sandy beaches, often conflict with people interested in hunting.

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