Name:

Piping plover

Species Type:

Mammal

Region:

NA/Mid-Atlantic region

Water Type:

Salt

Description:

The piping plover is a small, stocky, sandy-colored bird resembling a sandpiper. The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black ring around the base of its neck. Like other plovers, it runs in short starts and stops. When still, the piping plover blends into the pale background of open, sandy habitat on outer beaches where it feeds and nests. The bird's name derives from its call notes, plaintive bell-like whistles which are often heard before the birds are seen.

Related Image:

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Sea bird found on Atlantic beaches
Image ID: 1519

Record ID: 31