The piping plover (Charadrius melodus) is a small sand-colored shorebird that nests and feeds along sandy beaches throughout Cape Cod and the shores of Massachusetts. Piping plovers are a threatened species in Massachusetts and are protected by the migratory bird act. They can be identified by their short, stout bill, yellow-orange legs, black band across the forehead, and a black ring around the neck. Their name derives from their call, which sounds like a series of bell-like whistles. During the breeding season, piping plovers can be found nesting on South Monomony Island.