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Photo © by shishmarefbirder
Shishmaref, Seward Peninsula, Alaska, June 2008
Charadrius semipalmatus


Photo © by Option1
Rio Del Mar Beach, Aptos, California, September 2005

17–19 cm (6¾-7½ in)

  • Grey-brown back and wings
  • White belly
  • White breast
  • Black neckband
  • Brown cap
  • White forehead
  • Black mask
  • Black-tipped orange bill
  • Small amount of webbing between toes


North, Central and South America. Breeds in northern Canada and Alaska migrating south in winter.

Immatures can remain in wintering grounds in their second summer.


Photo © by bievreJJ
Pillar Point, California, USA, August 2018

This is a monotypic species[1].


Mud flats, shore lagoons.



They nest on the ground in an open area.


Photo © by STEFFRO1
Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina, August 2016

The diet includes insects, crustaceans and worms. Also insects, particularly grasshoppers, beetles and ants. They forage for food on beaches and tidal flats.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia

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