Snowy plover Charadrius alexandrinus

Identification Tips:

Adult alternate

Similar species:

In all plumages, the similarly-sized Semipalmated Plover has a complete breast band. Piping Plover is quite similar but in alternate plumage has an orange-based bill and different black patterning on the face. In basic and juvenile plumages the Piping has a shorter bill, and orange legs.

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