blp shabash 430x45

Pacific Golden Plover

Pacific Golden Plover
Photographed byDoug Castle on Fri 9th Mar, 2018 and uploaded by Rob Parker on Sun 30th Sep, 2018 .
Resolution1400x955
Viewed2
ID32049
CommentPacific Golden Plover: Score 73%

Scientific Name: Pluvialis fulva
Summer BG: Alaskan tundra, Siberia (Russia), Asia
Overall Size: 23 - 26cm
Conservation Status (BWL): Least concern

This species was misidentified as Grey Plover x1, Stilt Sandpiper x1.

The Pacific Golden Plover is distinguishable from the Grey Plover by the speckle colour. The Pacific Golden Plover has golden speckles all year round, whereas the Grey Plover does not have golden speckles at all.

The Pacific Golden Plover is distinguishable from the Stilt Sandpiper by the beak. The Stilt Sandpiper’s beak is long for probing in the sand for marine worms and finding aquatic plant roots, whereas the Pacific Golden Plover’s beak is short and stubby for eating aquatic invertebrates.

Some other identifying features for the Pacific Golden Plover are:

- In non-breeding plumage, birds have a pale buff forehead and face with buff supercilium, brownish ear coverts and upperparts, breast buff-white with with or without gold or white speckles.

- In breeding plumage, birds have a black face and breast with white border starting at supercilium, then continues through flanks and ends at tail.

- Feet extend past tail tip in flight.

- Wingtips extend just past tail.

- Undefined pale wing-bar.

- White feather shafts on primaries.
LocationLord Howe Island (Lord Howe Island)
Keywordsadult, breeding plumage
This image is not available for download.
Previous20/20 in Marathon Migrators 
Previous159/160 by Doug CastleNext
Previous39/39 of Pacific Golden Plover 
Previous530/545 of Plovers, Dotterel and LapwingsNext
Previous19346/19906 OverallNext
Use the arrows at the left and Right hand side of this page to display the Next/Previous photographs in that group, or click on one of the blue links above to start a slide show in that group (group slide shows are only allowed if there are less than 1000 images in the group).

CONTACT US

The easiest way to contact us is by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Our People page, in the About Us section, contains email links to each of the committee members.