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Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
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Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Adult Snowy Plover

General Description: Snowy Plovers (Charadrius nivosus) are small, short-legged shorebirds that are brown above, white under, and have a broken black bar across the white front. In juveniles, the black bar on the chest is brown.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Charadriidae, Charadriinae.

Favored Habitat: High arctic during summer; sandy beaches and mudflats during winter.

Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Juvenile (left) and adult (right) Snowy Plover

Where to Find: Don't look for Snowy Plover around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them on the coast during winter. However, they migrate from South America to the Arctic, so keep an eye out for them at places like the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, the Pahranagat Valley, and the Overton Wildlife Management Area. In 2011, a pair bred at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve.

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Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Adult Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Adult Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Two plovers and a Black-necked Stilt
Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Two plovers and a Black-necked Stilt
Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus) Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Juvenile (left) and adult (right) Snowy Plover
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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