Black-bellied Plover

About the Black-bellied Plover

Also known as: Grey Plover, Silver Plover
The Black-bellied Plover is a medium-sized species of plover that breeds in the Arctic. Nesting occurs in tundra habitat in a shallow scrape. Outside of breeding season, this bird is found in coastal areas nearly the world over.

Because their winter coastal habitat differs greatly from their tundra breeding grounds, the diet of the Black-bellied Plover varies throughout the year. On the tundra, they feed mostly on insects with some plant material like seeds and stems being consumed as well. During the winter, coastal fare like crustaceans, molluscs, and marine worms make up a large part of the diet.

The diet is not the only thing that differs with Black-bellied Plovers with the changing of their habitat. Breeding adult plovers are recognized by their spotted backs and white-bordered black underparts. Their winter plumage is a much less dramatic, with mostly grey upperparts and white underparts. In fact, outside of North America, the species is known as the Grey Plover.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 December 2015
Scientific Name
Pluvialis squatarola
  • Charadriiformes
  • Charadriidae
  • Pluvialis
  • P. squatarola
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 17 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
11 to 11.4 inches
23.2 to 23.6 inches
5.6 to 9.8 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Batuiruçu-de-axila-preta
Chinese (汉语) 灰鸻
Czech (Cesky) kulík bledý
Danish (Dansk) Strandhjejle
Dutch (Nederlands) Zilverplevier
Finnish (Suomi) tundrakurmitsa
French (Français) Pluvier argenté
German (Deutsch) Kiebitzregenpfeifer
Italian (Italiano) Pivieressa
Japanese (日本語) ダイゼン [daisen]
Korean (한국어) 개꿩
Norwegian (Norsk) Tundralo
Polish (Polski) siewnica
Portuguese (Português) Tarambola-cinzenta
Russian (русский язык) Тулес
Spanish (Español) Chorlito Gris
Swedish (Svenska) Kustpipare
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