The American Golden-Plover is one of the most common shorebirds encountered in southern South America during the austral summer. It occurs in large congregations in short grass fields, pampas, ploughed fields, wetlands, saltflats and mudflats from southern Bolivia south to central Argentina and along the Atlantic coast south to Tierra del Fuego where it feeds by gleaning invertebrates. At the onset of the austral winter it leaves South America and migrates north over the interior of South America, up through Central America, across the Gulf of Mexico and up the Mississippi Flyway where it stages, before making its last leap to its alpine and high arctic breeding grounds. By early August, adults begin heading south again and stage in James Bay before flying nonstop southeast out over the Atlantic Ocean and down to the Lesser Antilles and northern South America. From here they fly along the coast or overland, reaching Argentina by mid-September.