snowy plover

noun

Definition of 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 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 The oil spill threatens the remarkable comeback of the western snowy plover, a gray-feathered shorebird that makes nests from seashells. Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 The oil spill that fouled the coast threatened the snowy plover at a time when experts were hopeful that the species was making a comeback. Robin Estrin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 Life was never easy for the Pacific Coast’s western snowy plover. Robin Estrin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 After years of habitat restoration, the first snowy plover nest in more than five decades was found on Huntington State Beach in 2017; there were 19 nests this year, Robin Estrin writes. Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Bring your binoculars, because Moss Landing State Beach is also an important stop along the Pacific Flyway for seabirds and shorebirds, including the Western snowy plover. San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 The day before, a drone went down in Bolsa Chica near nesting sites of the California least tern and the snowy plover. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 Of those species, 23 have special status, including the California least tern and Ridgway’s rail, which are endangered, and the Western snowy plover, which is classified as threatened. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of snowy plover

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowy plover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snowy%20plover. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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