Piping Plover

Charadrius melodus 

Found along sandy beaches by rivers and lakes in summer
Small shorebird with pale tan back and white underside
Rare due to reduced populations

Adult Description

  • Small shorebird.
  • Legs moderately long.
  • Neck short.
  • Back pale tan.
  • Underparts white with one black or brown band on chest, often broken in middle.
  • Legs yellow.

Immature Description

Similar to nonbreeding adult.


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