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Black-bellied Plover in nonbreeding plumage | by Alan Vernon.
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Black-bellied Plover in nonbreeding plumage

Black-Bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) on the beach near Mendocino, California.

Wary and quick to give alarm calls, the Black-bellied Plover functions worldwide as a sentinel for mixed groups of shorebirds. These qualities allowed it to resist market hunters, and it remained common when populations of other species of similar size were devastated.

Reference www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-bellied_Plover/lifehistory

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Taken on September 27, 2009