snowy plover


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 For two weeks, the brown-and-white snowy plover was fed tiny worms and appeared to be perking up. Steve Rubenstein,, "On the bright side: Bay Area stories about the birds and the bees," 31 May 2020 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with other partners, constructed mud islands within these managed ponds in 2010 for birds, like snowy plovers, stilts and avocets. Priyanka Runwal, New York Times, "A Silicon Valley Disruption for Birds That Gorge on Endangered Fish," 12 Nov. 2019 Environmental groups raised concerns that unleashed canines could cause harm to rare and at-risk western snowy plovers and California least terns that roost nearby. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Panel to discuss rules for dogs at Newport’s beaches and parks," 6 Sep. 2019 The larger incubator turns the eggs every two hours, just like a snowy plover mother would in a nest, Egger said. Priscella Vega,, "Threatened shorebirds improve with new incubators and aviary at Huntington wildlife center," 19 Apr. 2018 The Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach is seeing positive results with new equipment for a program designed to nurse abandoned western snowy plover eggs and release the birds into nature once hatched, officials say. Priscella Vega,, "Threatened shorebirds improve with new incubators and aviary at Huntington wildlife center," 19 Apr. 2018 Both are areas where snowy plovers and streaked horn larks are nesting. Bill Monroe,, "Washington opens last razor dig of the spring season," 16 Apr. 2018 The western snowy plover is a small shorebird that is protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. Daily Pilot Staff, Daily Pilot, "Around Town: Performances to highlight Laguna Dance Festival," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of snowy plover

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowy plover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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