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Merlin Bird ID

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    Piping Plover Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Piping Plovers are round and stocky little plovers that frequently stand in a horizontal position. They also have round heads and large dark eyes that give them a big-eyed look. The bill is short and stubby.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Least Sandpiper, smaller than a Black-bellied Plover.

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 6.7-7.1 in (17-18 cm)
        • Weight: 1.5-2.2 oz (43-63 g)