Black-bellied Plover
Black-bellied Plover. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 20

Black-bellied Plover are also known as a Grey Plover.

They are supreme aerialists, both agile and swift.

The Plover is like the security alarm of the shore bird world. These look outs are quick to ring out an alarm bell which made them useful during the heyday of shorebird hunting.

Black-bellied Plover is the only American plover that has a hind toe on its foot!

These birds nest the furthest north in the Arctic. They roost together at high tide and overnight on beaches, in saltmarsh, and sometimes upland habitats such as farm fields.

During mating season their belly is completely black.

Plovers eat invertebrate prey, mostly insects, worms, crustaceans, and bivalves, which they pick or pull from muddy or sandy ground.

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