The plovers are found throughout North America. There are at least six species of plovers seen in Cuba. The American Golden-Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Piping Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Snowy Plover and the Wilson's Plover are native to the North American continent.
Once considered a gamebird, the plovers were under threat from hunting. Today, the plovers are facing another kind of threat, which is the loss of their habitat. Development of wetlands and the ever-expanding use of sand beaches for recreational use is affecting their feeding and nesting grounds.