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The semipalmated plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) name refers to partial webbing between the bird's toes. It resembles the killdeer but is much smaller and has only one band. Semipalmated plovers forage for food on beaches, tidal flats and fields for insects, crustaceans and worms. This plover nests on the ground, and uses a feigned broken-wing display to lure intruders away from the nest – similar to the related killdeer. It breeds from Alaska to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and winters along the West Coast from Washington south to Mexico, along the southern Atlantic Coast, the Gulf Coast, and the West Indies.
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