Central and Eastern parts of Canada and the United States
Now you see it, now you don't. By simply turning its back to an intruder and squatting down, the mountain plover is able to virtually vanish into the landscape, a faculty that has earned it the nickname "prairie ghost". The elusive bird is equally adept at advertising its presence during breeding season; one display involves flying five to then meters in the air, locking its wings and calling as it floats downward like a falling leaf. Nesting on both rangeland and cropland, the mountain plover is vulnerable to predation and agricultural practices. As a result, its vanishing act is fast becoming more than an act.
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Length, 21-23.5 cm; wingspan, approx, 58 cm
Estimated at 8,000-10,000