Grey Plover (Spring)
Grey Plover (Winter)
Scientific Name 
Pluvialis squatarola
Arabic Name 
الزقزاق الرمادي
Kuwaiti name 
77.0 cm
29.0 cm
Least Concern


Common winter visitor, uncommon passage migrant and scarce summer visitor. Up to 1000 individuals recorded in late April 2007 in Kuwait Bay. A cosmopolitan plover partial to mudflats.
Where in Kuwait 
Primarily a coastal species that can be seen as far south as Khiran and as far north as Bubiyan Island.
In the world 
A fully migratory species with an extremely large range and generally stable population. This species nests in the high Arctic. Outside of the breeding season the species frequents intertidal mudflats, saltmarshes, sandflats and beaches of oceanic coastlines, bays and estuaries. During migration it may also be found inland on lakes, pools or grasslands. It is known to make regular non-stop transcontinental flights over Asia, Europe, and North America.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting, loss of habitat and oil pollution.