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Grey Plover

  Pluvialis squatarola
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The winter plumage of this bird betrays it's summer time beauty. Most often in the UK it is seen in winter plumage or in a stage of moult giving the bird a black patchy underside.
Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Charadriidae

Genus:  Pluvialis

Species: P. squatarola
Grey Plover in winter plumage.
In summer the Grey Plover has a rich black breast and underside, it's upper parts are mottled grey and black.
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Notice the white underside with black patches at the base of the wing, confirming this bird as a Grey Plover.
A stunning and beautiful bird in summer plumage the Grey Plover is unlikely to be confused with anything other than a Golden Plover which has yellow, white and black upperparts and lacks the black underwing patches in flight.
Depending upon the light, the Grey Plover can look brownish as opposed to the usual light grey colour in winter. Note the large dark eye and bill making this bird quite distinctive.
Adult (Summer)
Grey Plover identification

In winter the Grey Plover has a pale white underside and a mottled grey back, it's bill is dark and short. In flight it has black flashes under the base of each wing.

Grey Plover Flying
Grey Plover Flying with black underwing
Grey Plover in summer plumage
Grey Plover with black underwing
Black underside and breast
White band from forehead down side of breast
Grey and black mottled upperparts
Grey Plover in winter plumage
Grey Plover in summer plumage
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Breeding distribution
Probably breeding
Probably breeding
Confirmed to be breeding in this area
Confirmed breeding sites
Breeding distribution of Grey Plover
General distribution:
Breeds on Northern tundra. It is a winter visitor to the UK where it is usually seen on large muddy estuaries or roosting in pasture nearby.
In the UK it is almost always seen on muddy estuaries and farmland nearby.
*Black under wing
Large dark eye
*Short black bill
*Key ID points
Pale white underside
*Mottled grey upperparts
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Adult (Winter)