Black-bellied Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Pluvialis squatarola, Charadriidae
Blackie Spit, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 2, 2015

Black-bellied Plover or Grey Plover in Europe is medium sized plover that breeds in the arctic and winters along the coast. The grey in the name refers to their non-breeding plumage and this species unlike the other members of its genus lack the distinctive golden coloration. They can also be recognized in breeding plumage by their black belly and white vent (compare all black with Golden Plovers). “Grey” Plovers can also be recognized in their winter plumage by their black and white and not grey underwings.

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