Living Bird Magazine
American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Charadriidae
A large shorebird of pastures, open ground, and mudflats, the American Golden-Plover makes one of the longest migratory journeys of any shorebird. It breeds on the high Arctic tundra of Alaska and Canada and winters in the grasslands of central and southern South America.More ID Info
- Chorlito Dorado Americano (Spanish)
- Pluvier bronzé (French)
- Cool Facts
- The American Golden-Plover has a long, circular migration route. In the fall it flies offshore from the East Coast of North America nonstop to South America. On the return in the spring it passes primarily through the middle of North America to reach its Arctic breeding grounds.
- Adult American Golden-Plovers leave their Arctic breeding grounds in early summer, but juveniles usually linger until late summer or fall. Some adults arrive on the wintering grounds in southern South America before the last juveniles have left the Arctic.
- The oldest American Golden-Plover was at least 13 years old, when it was recaptured and rereleased during a banding operation in Alaska.