Plover facts

    plover birds
  • Plovers are a family of birds. There are many different species, or kinds, of plovers. 
  • All of the plovers are shorebirds. They live near water and are generally wading birds.
  • Plovers usually have short bodies and short, thick necks. Their legs are rather long so they can wade in shallow water. Most types of plovers have three toes.
  • Plovers make their nests on the ground. Almost always the females lay four spotted eggs that look like pebbles.
  • Plovers migrate great distances. Some plovers spend the summer on the Arctic shores and fly to the Hawaiian islands or Central or South America during the cold winter weather. 
  • The lapwing is a beautiful European plover.