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Pacific Golden Plover

Pacific Golden Plover (Image ID 32049)
Photographed byDoug Castle on Fri 9th Mar, 2018 and uploaded by Rob Parker on Sun 30th Sep, 2018 .
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/features
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