Shorebirds: Black-bellied Plover

Photo of Black-bellied Plovers (November

Even as the white season approaches, Black-bellied Plovers continue to hunt for invertebrates on mud flats and beaches and in flooded fields throughout New England. Recognized at a distance by their stop-and-go foraging style and loud pee-o-wee whistle calls, these Arctic nesters prefer to keep their distance from onlookers.

While some of the time Black-bellied Plovers have black bellies (as adults during the breeding season; juveniles and non-breeding adults have white bellies), they have black armpits (technically axillaries) in all seasons.

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