Piping Plover

Charadrius melodus

Summary 2

The piping plover (Charadrius melodus) is a small sand-colored, sparrow-sized shorebird that nests and feeds along coastal sand and gravel beaches in North America. The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black stripe running along the breast line. This chest band is usually thicker in males during the breeding season, and it is the only reliable way to tell the sexes apart. The bird is difficult...

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  1. (c) David Maher, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), http://www.flickr.com/photos/63499271@N00/3516560229
  2. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charadrius_melodus

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