Snowy plover

It breeds in most subtropical and tropical parts of the world, from southern Europe to Japan and in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, the southern USA and the Caribbean. The two races which breed in the Americas are collectively called Snowy Plover. The western snowy plover breeds from Texas and Oklahoma west to California and up the coastline to Oregon and Washington, with the coastal form's primary breeding concentration in central and southern California. The Pacific Coast population has been designated a Threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

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The Snowy plover is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Western Snowy Plover, Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus, is a shorebird that inhabits beaches and lake shores. The pacific population is threatened mainly due to loss of habitat. Coal Oil Point Reserve, with its sandy beach, sand dunes, and adjacent estuary mouth is one of a few choice west coast locations where the snowy plovers can still breed and thrive. With public education and symbolic fences the plovers at COPR made a come back. More

Snowy Plover is a separate species. The Indian and Sri Lankan breeding form also lacks a rufous cap, and has only a weak eyemask. Food is insects and other invertebrates, which are obtained by a run-and-pause technique, rather than the steady probing of some other wader groups. The Kentish Plover is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. More

The Snowy Plover breeds in tropical and subtropical climates, and is found in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Oregon and Washington. Northern and inland populations will migrate south in winter months to the tropical parts of the Americas. The preferred breeding habitat includes sandy beaches and inland lakes; this species is uncommon in freshwater locations. Nests are shallow scrapes, and are built on the ground. Diets consist of small insects and invertebrates. More

Snowy Plover Docent Program at UCSB = Monday, July 21, 2008 - Snowy Plover Docent Program Featured in Noozhawk Last week, the Snowy Plover Docent Program was featured in the Noozhawk, Santa Barbara and Goleta’s unique new community online newspaper. To view the article, visit the link below. More

A small plover of beaches and barren ground, the Snowy Plover can be found across North and South America, Eurasia, and Africa. In North America it is restricted to the Gulf and Pacific coasts of the United States, and scattered inland localities from Saskatchewan to California and Texas. Come watch nesting birds at Nestcams. More

Snowy Plover at COPR Coal Oil Point Reserve, after the storm, Snowy Plover count day - 01/23/2010 Snowy Plover Status showing the breeding information at Coal Oil Point/Sands beach from 2001 - 2009 Coal Oil Point Reserve Snowy Plover Update from Cris Sandoval for July 1st, 2009 12 chicks have fledged so far. There are 15 nests incubating. There are 10 broods, several with very young chicks. More

Adopt an Animal and Help Save WildlifeThe western snowy plover is a shorebird with pale brown wings, back, tail and head and white under parts. It has dark patches on either side of the upper breast, dark gray to blackish legs and a black bill. Length 5.9-6.6 inches Weight 1. More

western snowy plover is federally listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 as threatened. The western snowy plover is a Bird Species of Special Concern in California. Snowy plovers were listed as endangered under Washington Department of Game Policy No. 402 in 1981, and as threatened by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in 1975. More

The western snowy plover is listed as threatened in 1993. Critical habitat was designated in 2005 for 32 areas along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington. A recovery plan was finalized in September 2007. Description The western snowy plover is a small shorebird distinguished from other plovers (family Charadriidae) by its small size, pale brown upper parts, dark patches on either side of the upper breast, and dark gray to blackish legs. Snowy plovers weigh between 1. More

Snowy Plover on the shore Western Snowy Plover Photo Gallery (4 Photos) Take a close look at a the tiny beach bird. View Album | View Slideshow Common Name Western Snowy Plover Scientific Name Charadrius alexandrinus Conservation Status The snowy plover is declining on the Pacific coast and considered threatened due to human disturbance of nesting. More

Snowy Plovers at Point Reyes snowy plovers includes: Snowy Plover Updates Point Reyes Bird Observatory and National Park Service Logos Partnering Science and Education to Save a Threatened Species Since 1995, Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) and Point Reyes Bird Observatory Conservation Science (PRBO) have been implementing a recovery project for the breeding western snowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus) population within the Seashore. More

the Cuban snowy plover is a permanent resident in Alabama. DISTRIBUTION: Species found in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. The Cuban snowy plover breeds along the Gulf Coast from southern Florida westward to the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Also nests in the Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Lesser Antilles, and islands off the north coast of Venezuela. Birds winter locally within their breeding distribution. More

Photo: Snowy Plover on the beach at Half Moon BayThe western snowy plover is six inches long, has light black, brown and white feathers with dark patches on either side of the neck, behind the eyes, and on the forehead. They can be hard to spot. Watch for them as they scurry down to the water's edge for food. When resting, they choose depressions in the sand, such as footprints, where they are camouflaged and out of the wind. More

North American RangeThe Snowy Plover is a small, pale plover that blends in well with its sandy surroundings. It has a thin, black bill, dark gray to blackish legs, dark patches on either side of the upper breast, and dark ear patches. The side and ear patches of juveniles and non-breeding adults (September to February) are pale. The side and ear patches and crown are black in breeding males, and slightly duller in breeding females. More

Snowy Plovers are birds of beaches, dry mud, or salt flats. Their pale dorsal coloration blends with their surroundings when they turn and face away from intruders, as is their habit, to hide the more conspicuous dark markings on their head and breast. They nest in a scrape on bare ground where there is little or no vegetation, on broad beaches, or by brackish or salty interior wetlands. Snowy Plovers lay eggs in early May, which are incubated by both parents. More

Snowy Plover Click on the Snowy Plover to view a larger image. DESCRIPTION AND TAXONOMY The snowy plover is a small, sparrow-sized shorebird in the family Charadriidae. It is pale gray-brown above and white below, with a white hind neck collar and dark lateral breast patches, forehead bar, and eye patches. The bill and legs are blackish. More

The snowy plover is a small awkward-looking shore bird that lives on the leading edge of North America, eating small creatures from the seafoam. It nests in open sand and is an endangered species. Snowy plovers achieve grace and beauty in numbers when they glide together, on their spindly legs, in and out with the waves. They make a wonderful mascot for this project. More

Snowy Plover, a small, rare, and threatened shorebird that makes its home on certain beaches on the Pacific coast. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive resource for information, education and community involvement. For the public, we hope to encourage people to learn about plovers and how they can help save them and their habitat. For public agencies, organizations and land owners involved with plover recovery, we aim to promote communication and partnerships that will make recovery efforts more effective. More

The western snowy plover is a threatened small shorebird, approximately the size of a sparrow. During the breeding season, March through September, plovers can be seen nesting along the shores, peninsulas, offshore islands, bays, estuaries, and rivers of the United States' Pacific Coast. Plover nests usually contains three tiny eggs, which are camouflaged to look like sand and barely visible to even the most well-trained trained eye. More

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Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Charadriidae
Genus : Charadrius
Species : alexandrinus
Authority : Linnaeus, 1758