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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Distribution of the Pacific Golden-Plover
Figure 2. Annual cycle of Pacific Golden-Plover.

Figure is based on the annual cycle of birds overwintering in Hawaii and breeding in Alaska (Seward Peninsula). Most of the Seward Peninsula birds overwinter far south of Hawaii and depart on spring migration earlier than depicted here. See Migration for details.

Figure 3. Vocalizations of Pacific and American golden-plovers.

Some vocalizations of American (P. dominica) and Pacific (P. fulva) Golden-Plovers (sonograms from Connors et al. 1993). A, B: the Repetitive Call that accompanies male territorial flight display is very distinctive in each species. C, D: Complex Whistles of males, with arrows denoting repeating unit. E, F: Alarm/Distraction Calls of males at the nest; low-intensity call on left, high-intensity call on right. G: Aggression Call of male American Golden-Plover during aerial pursuit of intruder (this occurs in both intra- and interspecific interactions). For additional sonograms, see Connors et al. 1993, Miller 1996, Byrkjedal and Thompson 1998.

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