Grey (Black-bellied) Plover

Grey (Black-bellied) Plover - Pluvialis squatarola


Ballona Wetlands, Los Angeles, U.S.A.:  2015:  September.


Known as the Grey Plover (compared to Golden Plovers) from its winter plumage in much of the world, but the Black-bellied Plover in the Americas from its summer plumage.  The two birds above show how different the two plumages are.  In non-breeding plumage, it has black axillas still, making it easy to identify if it raises its wings!  It breeds in the northern hemisphere, and winters mostly in the southern.

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