Spices: Charadrius melodus
The Piping Plover was declared an endangered species by the US government in 1986.
The Piping Plover is found in the north eastern states. The adults undertake
spectactacular nonstop migrations, a 3,900 km (2400 mi) transatlantic from there nest to
northern South America and then to the Southern regions of South America. The young go down
the Mississippi Valley to Argentina.
Piping Plovers are small to medium-sized birds and have stout bodies with a
short neck and tail.The bills of the birds are short and stout and are swollen at the tip. They
are swift in flight and forage actively on the ground or in shallow water for insects. They
usually lay four large eggs in a clutch, and both sexes care for the young.