• Incubation: 25-31 days
• Clutch Size: 4 eggs
• Young Fledge: 20-32 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: insects, small crustaceans, fly larvae and beetles
• Ohio Status: Endangered
These diminutive and beautifully marked plovers mimic the color of their preferred habitat well. Their sandy brown plumage blends well with the sands that they favor. It has an incomplete black breastband and a stubby orange and black bill.
Habitat and Habits
Piping plovers prefer sandy beaches, but migrants use large mudflats. As the scientific epithet melodus suggests, they have a pleasingly melodic two-noted piping call.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Nests are scrapes made in the sand, lined with pebbles and shells. Male and female plovers share the chore of incubation.