Grey Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Grey Plover

Grey Plover

Quick Facts

Classification

Scientific name:

Pluvialis squatarola

Family:

Plovers

Conservation status:

Amber

Measurements

Length:

28cm

Wingspan:

77cm

Weight:

240g

About the Grey Plover

The grey plover is similar to the golden plover, although the grey plover is slightly larger and chunkier. They have underparts which are black and spotted, with black neck, belly and face. When winter arrives, the grey plover becomes more of a browny-grey colouring.

It shares the same characteristics with many other plovers when it comes to feeding. You'll see them standing tall, running along and suddenly stopping to peck for food.

You can mainly find them along the coast, particularly in sandy and muddy areas in small numbers. They are predominately a winter bird here in the UK, but some birds usually do stick around.

What does a Grey Plover eat?

Their diets mainly consist of worms and shellfish.

Other birds in the Plovers family

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