Pacific Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva Scientific name definitions

Oscar W. Johnson, Peter G. Connors, and Peter Pyle
Version: 1.1 — Published April 15, 2021


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The National Geographic Society supported much of the authors' plover research over the years. Additional funding (OWJ) was from the former Mid-Pacific Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii, Research Corporation, Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaii Audubon Society, Kamehameha Schools Honolulu, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Other sources (PGC) were the Bureau of Land Management and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as part of the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment Program (OCSEAP), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We thank many individuals for assistance in the field, particularly Phillip Bruner, Andrea Bruner, Paul Brusseau, Nancy Brusseau, Diane Smith, Sigrid Southworth, Shane Gold, Michael Weber, Roger Goodwill, Ronald Kienholz, Joop Jukema, Mark Johnson, Lee Johnson, John Mugaas, Lynn Mugaas, John Maron, and Sarah Griffin. Special recognition goes to the late Patricia Johnson for her contributions and assistance in all phases of OWJ's plover studies. Important field observations and other information concerning plovers were provided in Alaska by Robert Gill, Jr., and Brian McCaffery, and in Hawaii by Ronald Walker. Lloyd Kiff furnished egg data from the collection of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology. Danny Bystrak sent banding records from the U.S. Geological Survey, Bird Banding Laboratory, and Edward Miller shared in-press material concerning vocalizations of plovers. Michael Patten contributed to the Systematics section in the revised account. Numerous colleagues provided valuable insights on Pacific Golden-Plovers in other regions of the world; we are especially grateful to Pavel Tomkovich (Russia), and P. C. Bhattacharjee, P. Gole, V. Menon, P. O. Nameer, and V. Santharam (India). We thank Albert Bush, P. L. Wong, and David Worley for help in locating records of the parasites found in this plover. We are indebted to the late Richard Kosevich for generous assistance in translation of Russian literature. Special thanks to the librarians at Renne Library at Montana State University, who efficiently and cheerfully secured many, often obscure, publications; and to Sigrid Southworth, Hawaiian Collection, Midkiff Learning Center, Kamehameha Schools Honolulu, for information concerning the Pacific Golden-Plover in Hawaiian culture.

Recommended Citation

Johnson, O. W., P. G. Connors, and P. Pyle (2021). Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald, B. K. Keeney, and S. M. Billerman, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.pagplo.01.1