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Himantopus mexicanus  Black-necked Stilt
These ground-nesting insectivores are very common in flooded fields throughout the Prairie/Rice Field Region. Their presence in rice fields in Rapides, Natchitoches, Morehouse, and East and West Carroll parishes in recent years suggests an expanding distribution. They also nest frequently in the coastal marshes.

photo Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller 
female or male

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Charadrius alexandrinus  Snowy Plover
A single nest in 1994 at Holly Beach in Cameron Parish constitutes the first breeding record for these ground-nesting insectivores in Louisiana. The Snowy Plover is on the Audubon WatchList for North America.

photo Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller  (photo unrelated to first state nest record)
winter-plumage male or female

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Charadrius wilsonia  Wilson's Plover
Strictly coastal, these mollusk predators use shell beaches above high tide for nesting sites, as on the barrier islands. This plover is on the Audubon WatchList for Louisiana.

photo Copyright 1999 by Bill Bergen 
female on egg (males incubate by night)