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Pacific Golden Plover

Pacific Golden Plover
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-28 18:08
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Pacific Golden Plover
Pluvialis fulva

Other Names:
Pacific Golden Plover, Asiatic Golden-Plover, Golden Plover (in part), American Golden Plover (in part), Lesser Golden-Plover (in part)
Pluvier doré du Pacifique, Pluvier fauve (French)
Chorlito siberiano (Spanish)

(in non-breeding plumage)

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.

Breeds 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.

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.


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