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Semipalmated Plover Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A small, compact shorebird with a short, stubby bill, a round head, and large eyes. The body is plump, with a short neck and medium-length legs.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Least Sandpiper, smaller than a Killdeer.

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    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 6.7-7.5 in (17-19 cm)
      • Weight: 1.6-1.8 oz (45.6-49.5 g)
      • Wingspan: 18.5-19.7 in (47-50 cm)