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About the Snowy Plover

The Snowy Plover is a small wading bird found in parts of North and South America. It is closely related to the Kentish Plover; the two species were once considered the same (and some taxonomic references still consider them so).

Snowy Plovers grow up fast! Baby Snowy Plovers leave their nest scrape within three hours of hatching, though they remain with their parents for shelter and safety. They take their first flight around 30 days after hatching.

Beachfront development negatively impacts Snowy Plover populations, as this species is a dune and beach nesting species. They also face threats from fishing debris (discarded nets and lines) and environmental toxins like pesticides. The species is considered threatened by several states in the U.S., including Oregon, Florida, and Kansas.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 27 November 2008
Scientific Name Charadrius nivosus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Charadriidae
  • Charadrius
  • C. nivosus
Birdorable Family Plovers & Shorebirds
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 30 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5.9 to 6.7 inches
13.4 inches
1.2 to 2 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa Australia and New Zealand


From IUCN Red List:
The Snowy Plover is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2014 by BirdLife International. This newly-split plover seems to have declined rapidly in parts of its range, although the population may have remained stable in others. Overall a moderately rapid population decline is suspected, owing to the effects of habitat loss and degradation, and disturbance to nesting sites. The species is therefore listed as Near Threatened.

International Names

  • 环颈鸻 (Chinese)
  • Kulík Mořský (Czech)
  • Hvidbrystet Præstekrave (Danish)
  • Strandplevier (Dutch)
  • Mustajalkatylli (Finnish)
  • Pluvier à Collier Interrompu (French)
  • Seeregenpfeifer (German)
  • Fratino (Italian)
  • シロチドリ (Shirochidori) (Japanese)
  • 흰물떼새 (Huinmulttesae) (Korean)
  • Hvitbrystlo (Norwegian)
  • Sieweczka Morska (Polish)
  • Морской зуек (Russian)
  • Frailecillo Blanco (Spanish)
  • Svartbent Strandpipare (Swedish)

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