Semipalmated Plovers are small, compact shorebirds known for their distinctive appearance and behavior. They have a short neck with a black band that extends from the forehead around the back of the eye and ends on the breast. Their upper parts are predominantly brown while their underparts are white. One of their characteristic features is semi-webbed feet â€“ hence the name 'semipalmated'.
These birds exhibit an interesting "stop-and-go" feeding pattern along wet sand beaches, mudflats, and shores of ponds where they primarily consume insects, crustaceans, and invertebrates.
Notably migratory creatures, Semipalmated Plovers breed across Arctic tundra regions during summer months before making long flights to winter in coastal areas of South America.
Despite being relatively small in size (averaging about 7 inches), they're recognized as one of nature's exceptional aviators due to their migratory patterns. The sight of these elegant plovers evokes tranquility and admiration among bird-watchers worldwide!