Pacific Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva

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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.

Nonbreeding

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.

Molting adult

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

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

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

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 with Black-bellied Plovers

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

Nonbreeding

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

Recommended Citation

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/pagplo