Scientific Name: Pluvialis squatarola
Alternative Name: Black-bellied Plover
Malay Name: Kerinyut Kelabu
Chinese Name: 灰斑鸻
Found from the Arctic Islands and along the north coasts of Russia, Canada to Alaska and winter to coastal habitats of both the Old and New World.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: squatarola, tomkovichi, cynosurae.
Local Subspecies: squatarola
Size: 27-30 cm
Identification: In non-breeding plumage, look similar to Pacific Golden Plover but larger, stockier and bigger-headed with stouter bill and relatively shorter legs, upperside more uniform and distinctly greyish. In flight, display prominent black auxiliaries (armpits) at underwing. In breeding plumage, face and underparts all black except vent which is white, with very broad white band extending from lore to behind ear-coverts and down the breast-sides.
Similar looking species: Pacific Golden Plover
Habitat: Mudflat, sandflat and beaches.
Behaviour/Ecology: Form small flocks with birds widely spaced apart unlike Pacific Golden Plovers which usually form large and rather “dense” flocks.
Local Status: Uncommon winter visitor.
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Changi Cove, Changi Beach, Pulau Ubin (Chek Jawa and Sekudu Rocks) and Pulau Tekong.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia