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Plovers, Lapwings, Killdeer, Queltehue, and Dotterels

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae (3 out of 10 genera, 8 out of 66 species)

Species on page

+ Crowned lapwing or crowned plover (Vanellus coronatus)
+ Blacksmith plover (Vanellus armatus)
+ Queltehue or Southern lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)
+ Masked lapwing (Vanellus miles)
+ Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) - separate page
+ Chestnut-banded plover (Charadrius pallidus)
+ European golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria)
+ Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)

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Genus: Vanellus
Crowned Lapwing or Crowned Plover (Vanellus coronatus)

Tanzania

Plover royalty

plover

Crowned Lapwing or Crowned Plover (Vanellus coronatus)
Serengeti
July, 2012

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Blacksmith Plover (Vanellus armatus)

Reflection

plover

Blacksmith plover (Vanellus armatus)
Serengeti
July, 2012

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Keeping up with the Smiths

Blacksmith lapwing (Vanellus armatus)
Okaukuejo, Etosha, Namibia
January 12, 2016
Canon 7Dmark2
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Blacksmith plover
Namibia
August 17, 2018
Canon 7Dmark2
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Blacksmith plovers
Namibia
August 15, 2018
Canon 7Dmark2
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Blacksmith lapwing (Vanellus armatus)
Etosha
Namibia
August 16, 2018
Canon 7Dmark2
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Queltehue or Southern lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)

On the lawn of La Moneda

plover

Queltehue or Southern lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)
Chile
2006
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Chile

One-footed

Queltehue
Queltehue
Southern lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)

The Club
Santiago
December 6, 2012
Canon Rebel 50D

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The Quelte Way

chile
Queltehue or Southern lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)
April 17, 2010
Canon 50D,

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Queltehue

total solar eclipse
Queltehue or Southern lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)
Mural
Andacollito, Chile
July 2, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Masked lapwing (Vanellus miles)

Hero or villain?

cairns
Masked lapwing (Vanellus miles)
Cairns
March 16, 2012

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The bird behind the mask

lapwing
Masked lapwing (Vanellus miles)
Hobart, Tasmania
August 28, 2015
Canon 7DMark2
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Genus: Charadrius

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Killdeer

killdeer

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Stanford
May 15, 2016

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Kilfaun

killdeer

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Stanford
May 15, 2016

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Deadly avian

killdeer

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Año Nuevo 2013
March 17, 2013

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Cervine predator

killdeer
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Jasper Ridge
March 14, 2009
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Killdeer

felt lake

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Photographing Nature class
Felt Lake
October 21, 2017
Canon 7Dmark 2
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Killdeer and daisies

Hellyer 2020
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Daisy ()
Hellyer Park Winter 2020 Bioblitz
February 8, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
June 17, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
June 17, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
June 17, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Killdeer and eggs

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
June 27, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Display with eggs

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 5, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Eggs - camouflaged

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
June 27, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Three eggs

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
June 28, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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And then there were two...

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 8, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Killdeer with hatchling and egg

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 10, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Hatching

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 10, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Hatching

emily renzel wetlands

Hatching was an active process - on the part of the parent.

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 10, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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One minute old hatchling

emily renzel wetlands

At this point, the parent picked up the egg and flew off with it, leaving the chicks.
Then it came right back.
The whole proces took a minute or two.
What timing! Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 10, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Newly hatched

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 10, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Newly hatched

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 10, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Killdeer hatchling stare down

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 10, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Newly hatched and parent

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 10, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Newly hatched and parent

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 10, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Newly hatched and parent

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 10, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Mom and hatchling

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 10, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Hunkered down

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 11, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

The next day.
The check is maybe 14 hours old.
The group has left the nest - without a trace - and are now 10 yards away but the sluiceway.

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Mom and chick

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 15, 2020 - 5 days old
Canon 7Dmark2

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Chick

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 15, 2020 - 5 days old - The legs and feet are impressive, but the wings and tail are still pathetic little things.
Canon 7Dmark2

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Wishful thinking - "I can fly"

emily renzel wetlands

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers,lapwings, killdeer, queltehue, and dotterels)
Emily Renzel Wetlands
July 19, 2020 - 9 days old - Canon 7Dmark2

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Chestnut-banded plover (Charadrius pallidus)

Lone plover

Chestnut-banded plover (Charadrius pallidus)
Family: Charadriidae
Etosha - near pan
Namibia
January 11, 2016
Canon 7Dmark2
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European golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

European gold

iceland 2019
European golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers and lapwings)
Gardur, Iceland
September 3, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)

White black-belly

asilomar

Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers and lapwings)
Asilomar State Park
Pacific Grove
February 18, 2020
Canon 7Dmark2

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Birds

+ By type
+ By location
+ Miscellaneous

Other Charadriiformes

+ Recurvirostridae: Stilts
+ Recurvirostridae: Avocets
+ Charadriidae: Plovers, lapwings, and dotterels
+ Haematopodidae: Oystercatchers
+ Laridae: Gulls

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Last modified: July 20, 2020
Moved: January 26, 2016 (from plovers.html)
Created: September 24, 2012
Contact: siegelr@stanford.edu
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