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Bird name:

Grey Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Plovers (Charadriidae)

BTO 2

GV

BTO 5

GREPL

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Grey Plover migrates through and winters in coastal sites in much of the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has an "Amber" status because of recent population declines.

SUMMARY

Overview

Grey Plover: Pigeon-sized shorebird. Upperparts pale grey and white with black spotting and barring on back, wings, crown, and tail. Underparts white with black on face, throat, breast, and belly. Also has dark grey bill, legs, and feet. White wing stripe visible in fast, direct flight.


Range and Habitat

Grey Plover: Winter visitor to the UK & Ireland. Not found at inland areas. Winter grounds are located on coastlines throughout the UK. Birds arrive in late summer and early autumn and depart late spring. Habitat includes mudflats, marshes, estuaries, and harbours where crustaceans and molluscs can be found.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"puWEeeh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Gray Plovers are also known as Black-bellied Plovers, and can be found on six different continents during the winter season, but breed only on the Arctic tundra.
  • They are usually the first to take flight when a flock of shorebirds is approached. When disturbed, they tend to fly out over water, circle, and land again behind the observer.
  • A group of plovers has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "congregation", "deceit", "ponderance", and "wing" of plovers.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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Parts of a Standing birdX
Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX