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Black-bellied Plover (banded @ Woolley Lagoon in 2009)
 
 
Location: Teller Road, Nome, AK
GPS: 65.3N, -166.4W, elev=20' MAP
Date: June 6, 2012
ID : B13K0220 [4896 x 3264]

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Black-bellied Plover Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: December 11, 2011
ID : B13K0659 [4896 x 3264]

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Black-bellied Plover Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 5, 2013
ID : B13K4160 [4896 x 3264]

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Black-bellied Plover Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: July 15, 2012
ID : B13K0271 [4896 x 3264]

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Black-bellied Plover Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 5, 2013
ID : B13K4135 [4896 x 3264]

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Black-bellied Plover Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: August 24, 2010
ID : 7C2V2292 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-bellied Plover Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Bolivar Flats, TX
GPS: 29.4N, -94.7W, elev=1' MAP
Date: August 28, 2009
ID : 7C2V2393 [3888 x 2592]

Black-bellied Plover Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Bolivar Flats, TX
GPS: 29.4N, -94.7W, elev=1' MAP
Date: August 28, 2009
ID : 7C2V2428 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-bellied Plover Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Anahuac Wildlife Refuge, TX
GPS: 29.5N, -94.5W, elev=3' MAP
Date: August 28, 2009
ID : 7C2V2062 [3888 x 2592]

Black-bellied Plover Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Bryan Beach, TX
GPS: 28.9N, -95.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: August 30, 2009
ID : 7C2V3524 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-bellied Plover Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Salton Sea, CA
GPS: 33.2N, -115.6W, elev=-232' MAP
Date: May 2, 2009
ID : 7C2V7176 [3888 x 2592]

Black-bellied Plover Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: August 29, 2008
ID : 7C2V8025 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-bellied Plover Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: August 29, 2008
ID : 7C2V8020 [3888 x 2592]

Black-bellied Plover Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 6, 2008
ID : 7C2V8581 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-bellied Plover Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 6, 2008
ID : 7C2V8574 [3888 x 2592]

Black-bellied Plover Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: August 29, 2008
ID : 7C2V8023 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-bellied Plover Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: August 20, 2008
ID : 7C2V7249 [3888 x 2592]

Black-bellied Plover Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: April 8, 2008
ID : 8254 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-bellied Plover Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: April 8, 2008
ID : 8255 [3888 x 2592]

Black-bellied Plover Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: April 8, 2008
ID : 8263 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-bellied Plover Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 1, 2008
ID : 7038 [3888 x 2592]

Black-bellied Plover Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: September 14, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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Black-bellied Plover Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: September 14, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

Black-bellied Plover Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: October 2, 2007
ID : 4325 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-bellied Plover Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: October 2, 2007
ID : 4321 [3888 x 2592]

Black-bellied Plover Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Del Rey Lagoon), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.5W, elev=3' MAP
Date: July 19, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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Black-bellied Plover Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Isla de Cozumel, Mexico
GPS: 20.4N, -86.9W, elev=18' MAP
Date: October 27, 2008
ID : 7C2V1769 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola), known as the Black-bellied Plover in North America, is a medium-sized plover breeding in arctic regions. It is a long-distance migrant, with a nearly world-wide coastal distribution when not breeding.

They are 2730 cm long with a wingspan of 7183 cm, and a weight of 190280 g (up to 345 g in preparation for migration). In spring and summer (late April or May to August), the adults are spotted black and white on the back and wings. The face and neck are black with a white border; they have a black breast and a white rump. The tail is white with black barring. The bill and legs are black. They moult to winter plumage in mid August to early September and retain this until April; this being a fairly plain grey above, with a grey-speckled breast and white belly. The juvenile and first-winter plumages, held by young birds from fledging until about one year old, are similar to the adult winter plumage but with the back feathers blacker with creamy white edging. In all plumages, the inner flanks and axillary feathers at the base of the underwing are black, a feature which readily distinguishes it from the other three Pluvialis species in flight. On the ground, it can also be told from the other Pluvialis species by its larger (2434 mm), heavier bill.

Their breeding habitat is Arctic islands and coastal areas across the northern coasts of Alaska, Canada, and Russia. They nest on the ground in a dry open tundra with good visibility; the nest is a shallow gravel scrape. Four eggs (sometimes only three) are laid in early June, with an incubation period of 2627 days; the chicks fledge when 3545 days old.

They migrate to winter in coastal areas nearly throughout the world. In the New World they winter from southwest British Columbia and Massachusetts south to Argentina and Chile, in the western Old World from Britain and southwestern Norway south throughout coastal Africa to South Africa, and in the eastern Old World, from southern Japan south throughout coastal southern Asia and Australia, with a few reaching New Zealand. It makes regular non-stop transcontinental flights over Asia, Europe, and North America, but is mostly a rare vagrant on the ground in the interior of continents, only landing occasionally if forced down by severe weather, or to feed on the coast-like shores of very large lakes such as the Great Lakes, where it is a common passage migrant.

Young birds do not breed until two years old; they typically remain on the wintering grounds until their second summer.

They forage for food on beaches and tidal flats, usually by sight. The food consists of small molluscs, polychaete worms, crustaceans, and insects. It is less gregarious than the other Pluvialis species, not forming dense feeding flocks, instead feeding widely dispersed over beaches, with birds well spaced apart. They will however form dense flocks on high tide roosts.

The Grey Plover is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.



                                     




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