from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of true plovers which have four toes.
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There are also ringed plover Charadrius hiaticula, grey plover Pluvialis squatarola, knot Calidris canutus, redshankTringa totanus and bar-tailed godwit Limosa lapponica among many other species.
If we talk about a black-bellied plover, sometimes we mean an actual bird—that one running along the beach over there just above the water line; and sometimes we mean a category of bird, the concept of a species of bird in this case pluvialis squatarola.
This habitat is important for migratory bird species, such as common ringed plover (Charadrius hiaticula), crab plover (Dromas ardeola), gray plover (Charadrius squatarola), African spoonbill (Platalea alba) and great white egret (Egretta alba).
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola 1; Wilson's Snipe