Movietown seafront, port of spain
Head and upperparts are dark brown with a dark brown breast band. Black eye, cheekpatch
and fore-crown. The forehead, throat, breast and underparts are white. The tail is dark
and bordered with white. The bill is black with orange at the base. The legs are
orange-yellow. In the non-breeding plumage the face, forehead, and chestband more brownish
and white eyestripe more apparent. Both sexes are similar, but female slightly larger with
brown feathers in crown, mask and chestband, and with more distinct white eyestripe. The
size is between 17-19 cm (7-7 in) and weight 47 g (1.66 ounces). The immature are similiar
to the adult but with duller markings and pale scaling on back.
Family - Plovers
Other Names - American Ringed Plover
Latin Name - Charadrius semipalmatus
Range - Breeds in Alaska and northern Canada. Winters along the southern coast of North America, and in the West Indies, south to the southern coasts of South America.
Birds of Nova Scotia. Robie W. Tufts. 1986 - http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mnh/nature/nsbirds/bns0123.htm
DeGraaf, Richard M., Virgil E. Scott, R.H. Hamre, Liz Ernst, and Stanley H. Anderson. 1991. Forest and rangeland birds of the United States natural history and habitat use. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Agriculture Handbook 688. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online. http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/forest/forest.htm
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds, at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/programs/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Semipalmated_Plover.html
Puerto Rico's Birds in Photographs. 2nd edition, Mark Oberle. 2003, Editorial Humanitas, Seattle Washington
Birds of Venezuela. Steven L. Hilty. 2003, Christopher Helm, London
A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago. 2nd edition, Richard ffrench. 1992, Helm, London
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