Piping plover

Piping plover

The Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) is a small sand-colored bird that migrates from U.S. and Canada in the summer to the Gulf of Mexico, the southern Atlantic Coast of the United States and the Caribbean.

The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band in the forehead, and a black stripe in the breast. It ranges from 17 cm (6.7 inches) in length, with a wingspan of 38 cm (15 inches) and a mass of 53 g. They eat mainly insects, marine worms, and crustaceans. The population has been increasing since 1999.

Common Name: Piping plover
Scientific Name: Charadrius melodus
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