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Semipalmated Plover


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A small dark shorebird with a single band across its chest, the Semipalmated Plover is the most common plover seen on migration in most areas.

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Adult Description

  • Small shorebird.
  • Legs moderately long.
  • Neck short.
  • Back brown.
  • Underparts white with one thick black or brown band on chest.
  • Legs yellowish.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but with duller markings and pale scaling on back.

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Similar Species

  • Killdeer is larger and has two distinct chest bands.
  • Wilson's Plover is larger, has dull grayish legs, a long, thick black bill, and a more flat-headed profile.
  • Snowy Plover has a pale back, dark legs, an incomplete chestband, and a short, thin dark bill.
  • Piping Plover has a pale back, a thinner, less complete chestband, and lacks dark in the face.