All About the Piping Plover


The piping plover pokes around in the sand looking for lunch. It spots its prey and snatches it up. This small stocky shorebird nests only in North America. Only about half of these birds survive into adulthood. This explains why the eastern population spends so much time trying to hide or stay camouflaged to remain one step ahead of its predators.


From hatching to adulthood, piping plovers depend on their camouflaging colours to hide from predators. The plumage on their back ranges from light grey to pale brown to resemble the colour of dry sand. Their chest is white, like broken shells washed up on a beach. Their short orange bill has a black tip. They weigh 43 to 63 grams and have a total body length of 17 to 18 centimetres – about the size of a sparrow.

Piping plover may be found in or around Kejimkujik National Park, Kouchibouguac National Park, Prince Edward Island National Park, or Gros Morne National Park. Parks Canada works with local communities, Aboriginal groups, and visitors to put into action a law called the Species at Risk Act, with the goal of protecting and recovering species in our national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas

You can learn more about the piping plover and what Parks Canada is doing to protect it by clicking the picture below.


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Parks Canada is proud to connect youth to Canada’s natural wonders and historical treasures.To learn more about Parks Canada’s species at risk work, click here.

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