Another name for this, the most abundant winter visitor is the Kolea.
They return every year from their summer nesting grounds in Alaska. It's
also one of the few native birds that one will readily see in the city.
It can easily be seen in grassy fields, and lawns where they run around
in short bursts looking for insects.
A very interesting habit of the birds is their return year after year
to the same winter territory. They spend an entire summer in just one
area and then return to it year after year. At night they roost on the
tops of roofs (in the city).
These birds do not stay the same color for the entire duration of their
stay in Hawaii. In August/September when they arrive they are mottled
colored. Males will attain a dark black patch on their breasts before
leaving the islands in early May. Females also get breeding plumage but
look very different from the males.
Travels from Alaska to Hawaii non-stop in 50 hours during its migration.
Females will leave first, followed by males and the young are often left
to migrate on their own. Scientists still aren’t sure how the young
know where to go!
Where to find on campus: Open grassy areas. Rooftops.
There are usually a couple resident plovers in front of Edmonson.