Wyoming Ecological Services
Mountain-Prairie Region

Federally Listed, Proposed & Candidate Species | Species of Concern | Migratory Birds | All Species By County



Species of Concern


Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus)

Counties Where Species May Occurr
Mountain Plover
Photo Credit: Fritz Knopf /FWS


Wyoming Distribution by County

Albany County | Big Horn County | Campbell County | Carbon County | Converse County | Crook County | Fremont County | Goshen County | Hot Springs | Johnson County | Laramie County | Lincoln County | Natrona County | Niobrara County | Park County | Platte County | Sublette County | Sweetwater County | Uinta County | Washakie County | Weston County


Species Information

On May 12, 2011, the Service announced the decision to withdraw the proposed listing of the mountain plover (Charadrius montanus) as a threatened species under the ESA (76 FR 27756).  The mountain plover is a migratory, terrestrial shorebird averaging
8 inches (21 centimeters) in body length.  Mountain plovers are light brown above and white below, but lack the contrasting band characteristic of other plovers.  They feed on invertebrates, primarily beetles, crickets, and ants.  Mountain plovers arrive at their breeding grounds in the western Great Plains and Rocky Mountain states in the spring.  Southbound migration is prolonged, starting in late June and continuing through October.

We encourage project planners to develop and implement protective measures if mountain plovers, or suitable mountain plover habitat, occur within project areas.  Measures to protect the mountain plover from further decline may include: (1) avoidance of suitable habitat during the plover nesting season (April 10 through July 10), (2) prohibition of ground disturbing activities in prairie dog towns, and (3) prohibition of any permanent above ground structures that may provide perches for avian predators or deter plovers from using preferred habitat.  Suitable habitat for nesting mountain plovers includes grasslands, mixed grassland areas and short-grass prairie, shrub-steppe, plains, alkali flats, agricultural lands, cultivated lands, sod farms, and prairie dog towns.

Additional Information

R6 Mountain Plover Information

Last updated: April 10, 2015