Living Bird Magazine
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Charadriidae
A beautiful shorebird, the Pacific Golden-Plover breeds in western Alaska and Siberia and winters on islands across the Pacific Ocean, through southeast Asia, to northeastern Africa. It is uncommon in North America, found breeding in Alaska, and migrating and wintering in small numbers along the Pacific Coast.More ID Info
- Chorlito Dorado Siberiano (Spanish)
- Pluvier fauve (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Pacific Golden-Plover and the American Golden-Plover used to be considered subspecies within the same species. Where their breeding ranges overlap in western Alaska they nest in slightly different habitats, have different display calls, and do not interbreed, and are now classified as different species.
- The winter range of the Pacific Golden-Plover extends across nearly half of the earth's circumference, from California, to Hawaii, to Asia, to northeastern Africa.
- Young Pacific Golden-Plovers are able to run soon after hatching. The first-hatched chicks regularly forage near the nest while the adult continues to incubate late-hatching eggs.
- The oldest recorded Pacific Golden-Plover was at least 21 years, 4 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations.