According to Ligon (1961:114), the Mountain Plover "adheres strictly to open plain, mesa, or ridge, short-grass terrain, preferably with a gravelly surface." It apparently occurs throughout our region where such habitat is present.
Mid/Late Wisconsin: Dark Canyon Cave (Howard 1971).
Literature. Howard 1971; Ligon 1961.
Killdeer occur throughout our area in the vicinity of water, permanent or temporary.
Re-examination of the specimen places the identification in some doubt, though apparently in the right neighborhood.
Fig. 1. Killdeer. Photograph by Sally King, courtesy of the U.S. National Park Service.
Late Wisconsin: Harris' Pocket (Harris 1989)—change to cf. C. vociferus.
Last Update: 16 Sep 2008