Black-bellied Plover (non-breeding plumage)
Family: (Charadriidae) Plovers and Lapwings
Preferred Habitat: Salt marshes and coastal beaches.
Seasonal Occurrence: Abundant August through April. Less common in summer.
Notes: Black-bellied Plovers nest only in the Arctic, but they may be found in all seasons on our coastlines. In addition, they may occasionally be found in wet fields. They are most common in winter. Black-bellied Plovers are usually spotted singly or in small groups. During the day, they tend to stand motionless on the beach with periodic short running bursts. Distinguishing marks include their stocky size, relatively short bill, and dark eyes which appear very prominent in non-breeding plumage. Their call is a distinctive, plaintive pee-a-wee whistle.
- Susan Billetdeaux