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Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus

Semipalmated PloverCharacteristics
Range
Habitat
Diet
Life Cycle
Behavior

 Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Charadriiformes
 Family: Charadriidae
 Genus:  Charadrius

semipalmated plover

ICUN Redlist - World Status: Least ConcernLeast Concern
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  Characteristics
semipalmated ploverThe semipalmated plover is about seven inches in length with a brown back and a white underside. It has a white neck and throat with a black band around it and orange legs and feet. Its black bill has an orange band around it. The semipalmated plover has a black band on the top of its head, white eyebrows, and a white patch between its eyes.

  Range
mapThe semipalmated plover breeds from Alaska to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. It winters along the coasts from California and the Carolinas south.
 
  Habitat

semipalmated ploverThe semipalmated plover breeds on sandy or mossy tundra. During migration and in the winter it can be found on mudflats, salt marshes and lakeshores.


  Diet

The semipalmated plover eats insects like grasshoppers, mosquitoes and locusts. It also eats crustaceans and mollusks.

  Life Cycle
semipalmated ploverThe female lays three to four eggs in a depression in the ground. In sandy areas, the nest is lined with shell fragments and pebbles. On the tundra, the nest is lined with plants. Both the male and female incubate the eggs. The chicks hatch in little under a month. They fledge in three to four weeks.

  Behavior

The semipalmated plover is very territorial during mating season and often flies a few feet over its territory to warn other plovers away.


 


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