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Snowy Plover - BirdForum Opus

Photo by nbagno
Moss Landing State Beach, California, USA, April 2011

Alternative names: Chilean Plover; Peruvian Plover

Anarhynchus nivosus

Charadrius nivosus


Photo by Dan E
Sanibel Island, Florida, USA, July 2010

15-17 cm

  • Upperparts greyish brown
  • Underparts white
  • Black legs

Female: has a grey head, lacking any black markings


North America to South America


Formerly considered conspecific with Kentish Plover.


  • A. a. nivosus (includes West Indian birds sometimes placed in C. a. tenuirostris):
  • A. a. occidentalis:


Sandy coasts and brackish inland lakes, and is uncommon on fresh water.



It nests in a ground scrape and lays 3-5 eggs.


Diet includes insects and other invertebrates.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birdforum thread discussing AOU NACC proposal to split Snowy Plover and other taxonomic changes

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