This species of bird weighs 22 to 63 g and measures 14 to 20 cm (5.5 to 7.9 in) in length and 35 to 56 cm (14 to 22 in) across the wings. Adults have a grey-brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with one black neckband. They have a brown cap, a white forehead, a black mask around the eyes and a short orange and black bill. The term semipalmated refers to its partly webbed feet.

Habitat and Distribution

Semipalmated Plovers ' breeding habitat is open ground on beaches or flats across northern Canada and Alaska. They are migratory and winter in coastal areas of the southern United States, the Caribbean and much of South America. They are extremely rare vagrants to western Europe, and have been found in Tierra del Fuego and the Isles of Scilly.


These birds forage for food on beaches, tidal flats and fields, usually by sight. They eat insects, crustaceans and worms.


This bird nests on the ground in an open area with little or no plant growth. It uses a broken-wing display to lure intruders away from the nest.