Grey Plover

Irish Name: Feadóg ghlas
Scientific name: Pluvialis squatarola
Bird Family: Plovers
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Conservation status

Status

Winter visitor from Siberia - first birds arrive in Ireland and Britain towards the end of July but most here between September & April.

Identification

Big and bulky plover, large head and heavy bill. Posture hunched and feeding action pondorous. Black axilliaries, bold white wing-bar and white rump diagnostic in flight.

Voice

Call is mournful, trisyllabic whistle, the middle lower-pitched, occasionally stressed - 'peee-uu-ee'.

Diet

Feeds on a wide variety of burrowing intertidal invertebrates, particularly polychaete worms, molluscs and crustaceans.

Breeding

Breeds across the high arctic regions of Russia & North America

Wintering

Distribution in Ireland is widespread, but exclusively coastal. They occur mostly along eastern and southern coasts, most often on large muddy estuaries. They regularly roost among dense flocks during high tide, while their distribution is more scattered while feeding.

Monitored by

Irish Wetland Bird Survey.

Similar Species

Golden Plover

Irish Name:
Feadóg bhuí
Scientific name:
Pluvialis apricaria
Bird Family:
Plovers