Plovers (Charadriidae)

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) - HBW 3, p. 427

French: Pluvier siffleur German: Flötenregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo Silbador

Taxonomy: Charadrius melodus Ord, 1824, Great Egg Harbor, New Jersey.
In past, two subspecies recognized on basis of extent of breast band, with nominate (coastal nesters), and circumcinctus (Great Lakes and prairies); but subdivision rendered unsatisfactory due to considerable individual and seasonal variation. Monotypic.

Distribution: N Great Plains, Great Lakes and Atlantic coast from Newfoundland S to North Carolina. Winters on Atlantic coast of S USA, Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas and rather locally in Greater Antilles; also W Mexico.

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