Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)

Order: Charadriiformes  | Family: Charadriidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult, Non-breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lambayeque, Peru

Age: Adult, Non-breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America & Venezuela

Age: Adult, series | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Camana, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~28 cm (11 in). The Black-bellied Plover in basic plumage is overall gray with a paler belly. It is distinguished from the very similar American Golden Plover by larger size, head, bill, pale rump, and white tail, and black area under the wings. The Black-bellied Plover is restricted to coastal sandy beaches. The American Golden Plover ranges throughout the entire country.

Status: The Black-bellied Plover is common during the Boreal winter months of September through April. It is rare throughout the year as some birds overwinter in South America. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, Bo, Ch.

Name in Spanish: Chorlo Gris.

Sub-species: Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola cyanosurae), Thayer and Bangs 1914.

Meaning of Name: Pluvialis: L. Pluvia= rain, concerning rain. squatarola: in reference to birds of the European family Charadriidae known as tarambola.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.