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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. 2012a. Population estimates of North American shorebirds, 2012. Wader Study Group Bulletin no. 119 (3):178-194.

    Johnson, Oscar W., Peter G. Connors and Peter 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. Longevity records of North American birds. Version 2015.2. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2015.

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

    Sibley, David Allen. 2014. The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A Knopf, New York.

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