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Black-bellied Plover Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A chunky, large-headed shorebird with a short, thick bill (heavier than bills of golden-plovers). It has long, pointed wings and moderately long legs.

    Relative Size

    Larger than an American Golden-Plover, smaller than a Greater Yellowlegs.

    Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 11.0-11.4 in (28-29 cm)
      • Weight: 6.0-9.7 oz (169-276 g)
      • Wingspan: 23.2-23.6 in (59-60 cm)