Grey Plover

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Grey Plover
Conservation status: Lower risk (lc)
Grey Plover
Grey Plover (illustration)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Charadriidae
Genus:Pluvialis
Species:P. squatarola
Binomial name
Pluvialis squatarola
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola), known as the Black-bellied Plover in North America, is a medium-sized plover.

Adults are spotted black and white on the back and wings. Their face and neck are black with a white border; they have a black breast and a white rump. The legs are black.

Their breeding habitat is Arctic islands and coastal areas from northern Canada and Alaska to north-eastern Russia. They nest on the ground in a dry open area with good visibility.

They are migratory and winter in coastal areas ranging from southern Canada to Argentina and from Britain and Denmark to north-western Africa and the Mediterranean, as well as Australia.

These birds forage for food on beaches, tidal flats and fields, usually by sight. They eat insects, crustaceans and worms.da:Strandhjejle de:Kiebitzregenpfeifer nl:Zilverplevier pl:Siewnica fi:Tundrakurmitsa

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