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Snowy Plover: Species Charadrius alexandrinus
Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover

Link to Original Photo - Photo © Mike Baird/BairdPhotos.com

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San Francisco dog owners may be familiar with the Snowy Plover. Areas around Ocean Beach are off limits to off-leash dogs in order to protect the Snowy Plover habitat and their vulnerable young. The birds are threatened in beach areas -- from loss of safe nesting sites.

Identifying characteristics:

  • Size: 5-7 inches
  • Pale, gray back and wings
  • White throat and belly
  • Black markings on forehead and behind the eye
  • Black legs

The Snowy Plover diet is mostly aquatic invertebrates. They nest on the ground and typically have clutches of three eggs.

Photo © Mike Baird

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Sources: U.S. Geological Survey | Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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