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Snowy Plover photo by Tom Grey

Snowy Plover at Pillar Point (Photo courtesy: Tom Grey)

Common name:

Snowy Plover

Latin name:

Charadrius alexandrinus

Family:

Charadriidae

Length:

6"

Wing span:

17"

Weight:

1.4 oz (40 g)

Habitat:

Sandy beaches, barren salt pans or dry mud flats

Notes:

Seen along Pacific Coast from British Columbia to Mexico, and along Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida Panhandle. Also breeds locally in interior parts of California and Nevada. On threatened list.

Link:

Cornell Ornithology: Snowy plover

 

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