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Pacific Golden-Plover Life History


Habitat GrasslandsBreeds on Arctic tundra, especially in vegetation in low areas with few rocks. Winters in cultivated fields, pastures, salt marshes, airports, parks, lawns, golf courses, and clearings in wooded areas. On migration found in prairie, pastures, tilled farmland, golf courses, airports, mudflats, shorelines, and beaches.Back to top


Food Aquatic invertebratesInvertebrates, berries, leaves, and seeds.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nest Description

Scrape in ground, lined with lichens, dry grass, or leaves.

Nesting Facts

Clutch Size:4 eggs
Egg Description:White to buff, heavily spotted and splotched with dark brown and black.
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Behavior Ground ForagerFeeds in short vegetation or open areas. Moves by stop-run-stop, scanning and capturing prey at stops. Captures prey by single peck or series of pecks.Back to top


Conservation Low ConcernThere is little information on population trends of Pacific Golden-Plover, and no evidence of threats to populations. A 2012 study estimates a North American breeding population in Alaska of 42,500 birds. The species is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top


Andres, B. A., P. A. Smith, R. I. G. Morrison, C. L. Gratto-Trevor, S. C. Brown, and C. A. Friis (2012). Population estimates of North American shorebirds, 2012. Wader Study Group Bulletin 119:178–194.

Johnson, O. W., P. G. Connors, and P. Pyle (2018). Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), version 3.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Lutmerding, J. A. and A. S. Love. (2019). Longevity records of North American birds. Version 1019 Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2019.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative. (2014). The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY, USA.

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