Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Non-breeding Winter Plummage

France Paulsen

Breeding Summer Plummage

France Paulsen

Transitional Plummage

Jim Bennight

 

  • Largest Plover in North America at 11.5 inches.
  • Is sturdy; note color/markings on photos and size/shape of bill.
  • When in flight, look for its black "armpits".
  • Winters along U.S. coasts; nests in very northern parts of Canada and Alaska.
  • As with many shorebirds, a few spend the summer in our area.
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