Data for:

Charadriiformes > Charadriidae

Pacific Golden-Plover

Pluvialis fulva

Sign in to see your badges



Slender plover spangled with gold. Breeds on Arctic tundra; during migration, found on sod fields, dry mudflats, and beaches. Birds in breeding plumage have a black belly and face with mottled white sides, a white stripe down the neck, and a crown and back spangled with gold. Nonbreeding and juveniles are mottled brown with a golden wash on their backs and head, especially vibrant on juveniles, and a pale belly. Most easily confused with Black-bellied and American Golden-Plover. Note more slender bill and more golden tones than Black-bellied. Pacific Golden-Plover is slightly shorter-winged and longer-legged than American Golden-Plover, but difficult to judge. Juvenile Pacific usually brighter than American. Pacific found more regularly on beaches and mudflats than American, but much overlap; also note range. Note voice; a quick "plip" note followed by a rising "plooEEP". First note shorter and more clipped than Black-bellied.



Sign in to see your stats

Weekly Bar Chart

Choose a region to view Weekly Bar Chart

Range Map

Large map


Top video

View all

Learn more about Pacific Golden-Plover from…

All About Birds

Your Online Guide To Birds And Bird Watching

Birds of North America

Comprehensive life histories of North American breeding birds

Neotropical Birds

Life histories of all species breeding in Mexico, Central America, and South America