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Black-bellied Plover or Sanderling?

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Hi!  I am always doubtful when trying to tell these two apart... Is it a black-bellied Plover or a Sanderling? The pictures were taken late February in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Thanks a lot!

 

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I agree with Black-bellied. By the way, to help ID the two in the future the main difference is that Black-bellies are almost twice as big as Sanderlings.

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And behaviorally, Sanderlings run around like Least Sandpipers on crack, whereas Plovers are slower and more deliberate in their movements.

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Thank you all very much for your help!  I will keep your recommendations in mind... particularly the behavioral descriptions! :lol:

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