- 6.7–7.1 in
- 1.5–2.2 oz
- Pluvier siffleur (French)
- Chorlitejo picocorto (Spanish)
- Intruders near a Piping Plover nest are chased and may be pecked or bitten. In Manitoba, one Killdeer was observed entering a Piping Plover territory where it was bitten so hard on the leg that it limped for the rest of the summer.
Open sandy beaches, especially above tideline, and alkalai flats.
Insects and small aquatic invertebrates.
Searches for prey visually. Runs rapidly, stops, and then pecks or quickly snatches at prey.
Listed as endangered in Canada and the inland United States, threatened along coast. Declines resulted from direct and unintentional harassment by people, dogs, and vehicles, destruction of beach habitat for development, and changes in water level regulation.
- Haig, S. M. 1992. Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus). In The Birds of North America, No.2 (A. Poole, P.Stettenheim, and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia:The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, DC: The American Ornithologists' Union.