Grey (Black-bellied) Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Range: world wide


Fig. 1. Adult beginning pre-basic molt. This bird retains some of the reddish coloration below the eye and a relatively extensive black-belly patch.


Fig. 2. More advanced individuals than in Fig 1.


Fig. 3.


Fig. 4. Wing-stretching, showing the diagnostic black axillaries.


Fig. 5. Adult in pre-basic molt.


Fig. 6. Fresh juvenile plumage. The yellowish tone to the spotting on the crown and mantle is suggestive of one of the golden-plovers, however that large head and bill and the whiter spots on the wing coverts indicates a Black-bellied Plover.


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