|Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
Brazilian name: Batuíra-de-bando
|The Semipalmated Plover breeds in Canada and Alaska and migrates during the northern winter to the coasts of southern USA, Central America, the Caribbean and both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America to Patagonia and southern Chile. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.|
|It is very similar to the Ringed Plover C.
hiaticula and these two species have sometimes been considered conspecific.
The name "Semipalmated" derives from semi = half and palmatus = palmate or webbed and I have blown up
the 2nd photo to show the webbing between the toes of this plover.
|Photos 6 and 7 were taken in the Yukon, Canada in May and show the breeding plumage where the forecrown is black
with a distinct white patch and the collar is also black. The bill is orange with a black tip.
Photo 8 was taken in coastal Peru in October.
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