Real World Gardener Grey Plover is Wildlife in Focus

April 23rd, 2016

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Did you know that Australia provides habitat for millions of migratory birds each year?<?xml:namespace prefix = "data-blogger-escaped-o" />

Some of these birds fly amazing distances when they migrate.


Grey Plover photo

Today’s bird in Wildlife in focus is the Grey Plover which is a special and unusual migratory shorebird that we know very little about.

It’s the largest plover we have in Australia of its type and we know that they migrate an amazing  12,000km to breed in northern Siberia and Alaska during the northern summer and return to spend our summer in Australia.

. I'm talking with Dr Holly Parsons, Manager of Birds in Backyards.

So the grey Plover can be described as having a strongly barred tail.

We can see them all around the coastline of Australia at inlets, estuaries lagoons, and tidal salt marshes.

Oddly enough, the majority of Grey Plovers that migrate to Australia are female. No-one knows why.


Grey Plover, photo Birds in Backyards

They spend their summer here and from March to April, head north, stopping to re-fuel in Korea, and China's Yellow Sea.

Grey Plovers mostly eat crustaceans, polychete works and other invertebrates.

Because shore birds like the Grey Plover are along the coastline if you notice that there’s a flock of shore birds, not just you’re common seagull, but birds like the grey plover, then you can help by not disturbing them and keeping your dog on a lead.

Threats to migratory birds have grown with habitat destruction especially of stopover and wintering sites, as well as structures such as power lines and wind farms.

The conservation of important sites both within Australia and along their migration routes is really important to their survival.

If you have any questions about Grey Plovers or any birds or have some information to share, drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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