Black-Bellied Plover

Black-Bellied Plover

 

(Squatarola squatarola), a bird of the family Charadriidae of the suborder Limicolae. The black-bellied plover is about 28 cm long and weighs 170–225 g. In contrast to other closely related species, the black-bellied plover has a small posterior toe. During the summer the plumage is variegated above and black below and on the axillary wings. The winter plumage is off-white. The black-bellied plover has circumpolar distribution in the tundra zone. A migratory bird, it winters in Africa, Southern Asia, Australia, and Central and South America. The bird nests on dry ridges in pure tundra. A clutch contains four or, less commonly, three eggs, which are incubated by both the male and the female for 23 days. Both sexes rear the young. The diet consists of insects, worms, mollusks, crustaceans, and seeds.

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The TLSA supported more than 10% of the biogeographic populations of black-bellied plover (Pluvialis squatarola), semipalmated sandpiper (Calidris push/a), and dunlin (C.
Look for whimbrel, long-billed curlew, black-bellied plover, Pacific golden plover, greater yellowlegs, ruddy turnstone or long- and short-billed dowitcher - species that are many times seen only at this time of year for a period of a few weeks.
Marbled godwits included polychaetes in their diet, long billed curlews and whimbrels ate crabs, especially a fiddler crab, Uca crenulata, willets ate bivalves (Macoma spp.) and crabs, and black-bellied plover ate bivalves and gasteropods, especially Bulla gouldiana.
Peak numbers for the following widespread shorebirds were recorded on this plot: Calidris spp.: 7700 on 5 January 1994; dowitchers: 2290 on 5 January 1994; Black-bellied Plover: 1450 birds, on 27 November 1993; and Willet: 1100 on 11 January 1994.
A black-bellied plover, wintering here from its summer range on the arctic tundra.
We used the ground transect data to create resource selection functions (RSF; Manly et al., 2002) in TreeNet (Salford Systems, 2003) to assess habitat selection for 12 relatively common shorebird species: American golden-plover (Pluvialus dominica), black-bellied plover (P.
Black-bellied plover (Pluvialis squatarola): Black-bellied plovers occurred on 15.4% of our survey clusters (Table 1).
In 1995, the red phalarope was the most common species, followed by white-rumped sandpiper, pectoral sandpiper (Calidris melanotos), black-bellied plover (Pluvialis squatarola), and American golden-plover (Table 2).
Several additional shorebird species are also candidates in some of the easterly movements, e.g., buff-breasted sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis, red-necked phalarope Phalaropus lobatus, Baird's sandpiper Calidris bairdii, ruddy turnstone Arenaria interpres, sanderling Calidris alba, and black-bellied plover Pluvialis squatarola.
Conversely, 21 species occurred after 1950 that had not been reported prior to that year: green-winged teal, northern pintail, greater scaup, common goldeneye, red-breasted merganser, golden eagle, gyrfalcon, black-bellied plover, ruddy turnstone, sanderling, least sandpiper, white-rumped sandpiper, Thayer's gull, Iceland gull, glaucous gull, American robin, northern wheatear, yellow-rumped warbler, blackpoll warbler, Harris's sparrow, and white-crowned sparrow.
Species (1) No modelling, direct extrapolation Estimate [+ or -] SE Black-bellied plover 6205 [+ or -] 6234 Lesser golden-plover 1726 [+ or -] 2414 Ruddy turnstone 25066 [+ or -] 11198 Semipalmated sandpiper 12022 [+ or -] 9953 White-rumped sandpiper 129846 [+ or -] 35344 Red phalarope 188684 [+ or -] 25144 All species (1) 363549 [+ or -] 66434 [Part 2 of 3] TABLE 4.