Piping plover chicks
Piping plover (Charadrius melodus) chicks and egg. The piping plover is a small, sandy-colored bird with orange legs, a black band across its forehead and a black ring around the base of its neck. The piping plover is designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Plover numbers have declined due to habitat loss and disturbance, which lead to poor reproductive success.