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Grey Plover

(Pluvialis squatarola)
Alternate name(s): "Black-bellied Plover"
German name(s): "Kiebitzregenpfeifer"

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

MALE

Near-dorsal view of a male Grey Plover in late breeding plumage - note the solid-black sides of the head (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, August 2019]

PAIR

Near-lateral view of Grey Plovers in late breeding plumage - at the centre of the group two males; a likely female at front left, and two moulting birds back left and right (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montijo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, September 2019]

NON-BREEDING

Sex unknown

Near-frontal view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, December 2017]

Near-lateral view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage; note the heavy bill (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Alhos Vedros, Tejo estuary, Portugal, February 2019]

Lateral view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage, with the first few feathers of the new breeding plumage appearing (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, March 2014]

Lateral view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Moita do Ribatejo, Setubal, Portugal, November 2018]

Lateral view of two Grey Plovers in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, March 2014]

Lateral view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage spreading its wings - note the characteristic black axillaries
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, January 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, January 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Alhos Vedros, Tejo estuary, Portugal, February 2019]

Dorsal view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Terceira Island, Azores, November 2018]

Lateral view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage, wings up - note the characteristic black axillaries
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Moita do Ribatejo, Setubal, Portugal, November 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage, wings down (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montijo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, March 2019]

Food, Diet

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

Lateral view of a Grey Plover in non-breeding plumage feeding in a mudflat (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, January 2018]

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