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Semipalmated Plover

Charadrius semipalmatus ORDER: CHARADRIIFORMES FAMILY: CHARADRIIDAE

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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Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
6.7–7.5 in
17–19 cm
Weight
1.7 oz
47 g
Other Names
  • Pluvier semipalmé (French)
  • Chorlito semipalmeado, Cholo semipalmado (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • The Semipalmated Plover has been seen to swim short distances across small water channels during foraging while on migration. Chicks also swim short distances to follow parents to small islets on shallow lakes

Habitat


Shore-line

Food


Insects

Nesting

Nest Placement

Ground

Behavior


Ground Forager

Searches for prey visually. Runs several steps, stops, stares, and then pecks or quickly snatches at prey.

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

The Semipalmated Plover is among the few plovers whose numbers are apparently increasing, perhaps owing to its versatility in food and habitat choice, its wide-spread coastal winter distribution, or its habitat expansion in the sub-Arctic as a result of disturbance by both humans and arctic geese.

Credits

  • Nol, E., and M. S. Blanken. 1999. Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus). In The Birds of North America, No. 444 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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