Piping Plover

Image of Piping Plover

The Piping Plover is a rare to uncommon winter resident, which can be found along Florida’s beaches between September and April. This diminutive shorebird can be found inland but prefers sandy beaches and tidal mudflats where it forages along the waterline or high up the beach along the wrackline. Piping Plovers eat a variety of insects and aquatic invertebrates. They are particularly sensitive to disturbance from people, dogs and vehicles on beaches. In Florida, Honeymoon Island State Park is home to the largest wintering flock of this federally threatened species.

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Recommended GFBWT sites:

Panhandle Section

West Section

East Section

South Section

 

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For more information, including a range map and sound recording, visit The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds website.

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Bird's habitat

This small shorebird can be found inland but prefers sandy beaches and tidal mudflats where it forages above the tide.

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