Snowy Plover Identification

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Adult Description

  • Small shorebird.
  • Legs moderately long.
  • Neck short.
  • Back pale tan.
  • Underparts white.
  • Dark patches on sides of neck reaching around onto top of chest.
  • Legs dark.

Immature Description

Similar to nonbreeding adult, but with scaly pale edging on back feathers.
Relative Size

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Measurements
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 5.9-6.7 in (15-17 cm)
    • Weight: 1.1-2.0 oz (32.5-58 g)
    • Wingspan: 13.4-17.0 in (34-43.2 cm)