Charadrius melodus

Common Names: Piping plover
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Lapwings & Plovers

The Piping Plover is a stout bird with a large rounded head, a short thick neck, and a stubby bill. The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black ring around the neck during the breeding season. During nonbreeding season, the black bands become less pronounced. Its bill is orange with a black tip. It ranges from 5.9-7.5 inches in length, with a wingspan of 14-16 inches and a mass of 1.5-2.3 oz. It typically runs in short starts and stops.

They nest on sandy or gravel beaches or shoals. These shorebirds forage for food on beaches, usually by sight, moving across the beaches in short bursts. Generally, Piping Plovers will forage for food around the high tide wrack zone and along the waters edge.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.