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Grey Plover

(Pluvialis squatarola)
Alternate name(s): "Black-bellied Plover"
Size: 28-30 cm; wing span 71-83 cm
Weight: 190-280 g (up to 345 g prior to migration)

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Grey Plover at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

BREEDING

Frontal view of a Grey Plover in near-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, August 2013]

Dorsal view of a Grey Plover in near-breeding plumage resting with other waders (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, August 2013]

NON-BREEDING

Near-lateral view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Near-lateral view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

Lateral view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

Lateral view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

(Near-)dorsal view of Grey Plovers in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Food, Diet

Grey Plovers feed on small molluscs, polychaete worms, crustaceans and insects.

Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage with a small animal in its bill (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

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