Semipalmated Plover (species: Charadrius semipalmatus) in Birds of Ireland (Gaia Guide)
Charadrius semipalmatus
Semipalmated Plover

©D. Gordon and E. Robertson: Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) in breeding plumage

©Benjamint444 on Wikipedia: Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) in non-breeding plumage

©barloventomagico on Flickr: Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Charadrius
Species Charadrius semipalmatus



Distinguishing features

Adults have a grey-brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with one black neckband. They have a brown cap, a white forehead, a black mask around the eyes and a short orange and black bill. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 20 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 49 cm



Distribution and habitat preferences

Their breeding habitat is open ground on beaches or flats across northern Canada and Alaska. They nest on the ground in an open area with little or no plant growth.
They are migratory and winter in coastal areas of the southern United States, the Caribbean and much of South America. They are extremely rare vagrants to western Europe, and have been found in Tierra del Fuego and the Isles of Scilly. (Wikipedia)


These birds forage for food on beaches, tidal flats and fields, usually by sight. They eat insects, crustaceans and worms. (Wikipedia)

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