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Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)


The Grey Plover has a length of 28 cm and can weigh between 170-240g. The Grey Plover has similar features to a Golden Plover, which is a black breast, belly and face, with a white line from their forehead to their rump in the summer. Grey Plovers’ winter plumage is a plain grey on their head and back, and specks of grey on their breast. They’re distinguished in all seasons by black lines on the armpits, white tail and grey back. The Grey Plover makes regular non-stop flights over the continents but is rare to see on the ground in the interior of continents. They land occasionally only due to severe weather, or to feed on coast-like shores of very large lakes.


The Grey Plover live in tundra in the summer, and change to coastal areas, and mudflats in the winter.


Grey Plovers’ primarily feed on invertebrates through foraging on beaches and tidal flats.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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