Semipalmated Plover

Charadrius semipalmatus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4

SEPL

Code 6

CHASEM

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Semipalmated Plover has a large range, estimated globally at 4,900,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and nearby island nations, this bird prefers inland wetland and intertidal or coastal marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 150,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Semipalmated Plover is Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Semipalmated Plover: This small plover has gray-brown upperparts, white underparts, a black face, collar and forehead and a faint stripe sometimes seen over the eye. It has a black-tipped orange bill, orange legs and feet and a brown tail with white edges. Wings have white stripes visible in flight. Feeds on eat insects, larvae and other invertebrates. Strong direct flight. Sexes are similar.


Range and Habitat

Semipalmated Plover: Breeds on sandy or mossy tundra from Alaska to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Spends winters on mudflats, salt marshes, and lakeshores along the West Coast from Washington south to coastal Mexico, along the southern Atlantic Coast, the Gulf Coast, and the West Indies. Preferred habitats include tidal flats and fields.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chu-weet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It has been seen swimming 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.
  • The Semipalmated Plover is the most common plover seen on migration in most areas.
  • The term "semipalmated" refers to its partly webbed feet.
  • A group of plovers has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "congregation", "deceit", "ponderance" and "wing" of plovers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Semipalmated Plover

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X