Plovers are a widely distributed group of wading birds belonging to the subfamily Charadriinae. There are about 66 species in the subfamily, most of them called "plover" or "dotterel". Plovers are found throughout the world, with the exception of the Sahara and the polar regions, and are characterized by relatively short bills. They hunt by sight, rather than by feel as longer-billed waders like snipes do. They feed mainly on insects, worms or other invertebrates, depending on the habitat, which are obtained by a run-and-pause technique, rather than the steady probing of some other wader groups. Plovers engage in false brooding, a type of distraction display. Examples include pretending to change position or to sit on an imaginary nest site. - Source: Wikipedia
The above photo is of a golden plover chick and is yet another reason why you should not wander off trails when hiking.
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