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Semipalmated Plover

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BreedingPhoto © by shishmarefbirderShishmaref, Seward Peninsula, Alaska, June 2008
Breeding
Photo © by shishmarefbirder
Shishmaref, Seward Peninsula, Alaska, June 2008
Charadrius semipalmatus

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[edit] Identification

Non-breedingPhoto © by Option1Rio Del Mar Beach, Aptos, California, September 2005
Non-breeding
Photo © by Option1
Rio Del Mar Beach, Aptos, California, September 2005

17–19 cm (6¾-7½ in)

  • Grey-brown back and wings
  • White belly
  • White breast
  • Black neckband
  • Brown cap
  • White forehead
  • Black mask
  • Black-tipped orange bill
  • Small amount of webbing between toes

[edit] Distribution

North, Central and South America. Breeds in northern Canada and Alaska migrating south in winter.

Immatures can remain in wintering grounds in their second summer.

[edit] Taxonomy

JuvenilePhoto © by bievreJJPillar Point, California, USA, August 2018
Juvenile
Photo © by bievreJJ
Pillar Point, California, USA, August 2018

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Mud flats, shore lagoons.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They nest on the ground in an open area.

[edit] Diet

Photo © by STEFFRO1Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina, August 2016
Photo © by STEFFRO1
Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina, August 2016

The diet includes insects, crustaceans and worms. Also insects, particularly grasshoppers, beetles and ants. They forage for food on beaches and tidal flats.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia

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