American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica)

Order: Charadriiformes | Family: Charadriidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Huacarpay, Cusco

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown |Loc. Huacarpay, Cusco

Age: Adult basic (L) Alternate (R) | Sex: Unknown Loc. Lake Junin (L), N. America (R)

Age: Adult \ Sex: Unknown | Loc. Paracas, Ica (L), N. America (R)

Identification & Behavior: ~25 cm (9.8 in). The American Golden Plover in basic plumage is overall gray with darker upperparts. It has a pale eyebrow that contrasts with a dusky top of the head. It is distinguished from the very similar Black-bellied Plover by smaller size, head, bill, dark rump and wings, and gray underwings without a black area. It ranges throughout the entire country. Black-bellied Plover is restricted to coastal sandy beaches.

Status: The American Golden Plover is uncommon during the Boreal winter months of August through November and also March through April (Birds of Peru). It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, Bo, Ch.

Name in Spanish: Chorlo Dorado Americano.

Sub-species: American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica), Statius Müller 1776.

Meaning of Name: Pluvialis: L. Pluvia= rain, concerning rain. dominica:  related to or originating from the Dominican Republic (No conclusive definition for the word Dominica).

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.