snowy plover


: a small plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) of the Gulf coast and the eastern U.S. and Mexico that is light gray above with a black bill, black patches on the head and sides of the neck, and white underparts

Examples of snowy plover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than an hour of constant scoping of distant beach and mudflats yielded no snowy plover, though black-bellied, semipalmated, piping and Wilson’s plovers were all present. Taylor Piephoff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The sea turtles are nesting and so are shorebirds such as snowy plovers, Wilson’s plovers and least terns. Robin Soslow, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 There the dunes and plants would protect the nests of the snowy plover and other bird species from people and dogs. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Jan. 2024 Advertisement The snowy plovers nest in mini-enclosures in the area. Saumya Gupta, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2023 Sandoval, a PhD evolutionary biologist, has spent more than 20 years as the reserve’s director, managing a small army of docents and volunteers who protect the shoreline, dunes, estuary and the western snowy plover, a fluffy little shorebird threatened with extinction. Kenneth R. Weiss, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2018 Gardner then spots the bobbing heads of a snowy plover and its chick among the grasses. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Aug. 2022 Work in the wetlands is prohibited from early spring to mid-fall, which is nesting season for protected species of birds such as the snowy plover and the least tern. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2022 Late Friday morning, an expert at the Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care and Education Center lifted a tiny snowy plover from a blue crate. Robin Estrin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snowy plover was in 1872

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“Snowy plover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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