plain creamy-brown head, breast, upperparts (California, USA; 2007-11-24)

Mountain Plover
Charadrius montanus

Native Range: North America

Notes: a plain-colored plover found in barren upland habitats far from water; no sexual dimorphism; roughly the size of a Killdeer but much drabber, being mostly plain brown above with white on the lower breast and belly.

inhabits dry uplands (California, USA; 2007-11-24)

in flight shows some white in the primaries (California, USA; 2007-11-24)