Piping plover Charadrius melodus

Identification Tips:

Adult alternate

Adult basic


Similar species:

The pale gray upperparts distinguish the Piping Plover from all other small plovers except the Snowy Plover. The Snowy Plover has a different face pattern in alternate plumage and dark legs and a longer, thinner bill in basic and juvenile plumages.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.