Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus nivosus)
Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus nivosus), Tigertail Beach, Marco Island, Florida
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The snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus) is a small wader in the plover bird family. It breeds in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, the southern and western USA and the Caribbean. Long considered to be a subspecies of the Kentish plover, it is now known to be a distinct species.