Collared Plover Charadrius collaris
Collared Plover, Roraima, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image Brazil

The Collared Plover is found throughout the year from Mexico to northern Argentina and central Chile.

Its preferred habitat is both coastal and inland on wetlands, ponds, riverbanks and sandy beaches.

Collared Plover, Palmarí, Amazonas, Brazil, September 2003 - click for larger image It is only likely to be confused with the seasonal (austral summer) and coastal Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)

In the case of the Collared Plover note the black, slender bill, the pink to yellow legs the slender black collar across the white chest and the lack of a white collar round the back of the neck.

Collared Plover, Cassino, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image The 4th photo is interesting in that the white feathers on the underparts seem to have swept up over the wings giving an extremely pale aspect to the bird and causing me some confusion initially. I don't think that it can be anything but a Collared Plover, probably a female given the reduced chestnut on the crown. Collared Plover do not change plumage between breeding and non-breeding seasons.
Collared Plover, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image
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