SPECIES

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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Breeding male

Medium-sized shorebird with an upright posture and a short bill. Black face and underparts bordered by white stripe, extending from forehead to flanks. Upperparts are mottled in gold, black, and white.

Breeding female

Breeding females have a more mottled white and brown face with a thicker white stripe down the flanks. Note spotted undertail coverts.

Nonbreeding adult

A shorebird with an upright posture and a short, somewhat thick bill. Nonbreeding birds have a pale eyebrow stripe with gold-spotted backs and grayish smudgy breasts.

Immature

A shorebird with an upright posture and a short, somewhat thick bill. The wing feathers barely extend beyond the tail. Nonbreeding birds have a pale face with a paler eyebrow and golden spots on the back.

Nonbreeding adult/immature

During the nonbreeding season found in fields, grassy areas, beaches, and mudflats. Nonbreeding birds have a pale face with with a paler eyebrow and golden spots on the back.

Nonbreeding adult/immature

In flight, note dark rump, long, pointed wings, and heavy chest.

Molting adult

Molting adults have the spotted back and pale eyebrow of a nonbreeding bird combined with the black belly of a breeding bird.

Immature (with Black-bellied Plover)

Slightly smaller, more slender, with a thinner bill than Black-bellied Plovers (background).

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