Semipalmated Plover

Range:

Breed across northern Canada and Alaska.  They migrate south to winter in coastal areas, from  the United States down to Patagonia (at the southern end of South America).  Rare vagrants have been reported in western Europe.

Description:

These small plovers measure 5.5 - 7.9 inches (14 - 20 cm) in length. The back and wings are  grey-brown.  The abdomen is white.  The chest is white, except for one black band near the neck line.  The forehead is white, the cap is brown and there is a black mask around the eyes.   The short bill is orange and black.

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Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Habitat
lakes rivers ponds
Marshes
Color
brown
Body Shape
sandpiper
Size
small
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
plovers - charadriidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern