American Golden Plover
29 March 2013 15:55 Filed in: Charadriidae Plovers Waders Shorebirds Brazil Rio Grande do Sul Mostardas Lagoa do Peixe Gambia Kartong Kartong Bird Observatory
© GW - monacoeye • All rights reserved, Lagoa do Peixe • November 2009
Bird name: American Golden Plover
Latin: Pluvialis dominica
Other: Batuiruçu (Br) • Batuíra-do-campo (Br) • Chorlito dorado chico (Es) • Chorlo pampa (Es) • Other Pt: Tarambola-dourada-pequena • Tarambola-dourada-americana
Family: Charadriidae • Lapwings & Plovers
Range: Arctic tundra: Canada, Alaska, migrates to S America, mostly Patagonia.
Similar: Grey Plover
The photo above was taken in southern Brazil in November, so in non-breeding plumage.
The American Golden Plover has a strong white eyebrow, dark legs. Relatively, smaller bill and bigger eye than the sandpipers. A medium-sized bird, but smaller than a Southern Lapwing.
Below, a rare vagrant American Golden Plover in the Kartong Wetlands, Gambia.
Below, vagrant American Plover, Gambia, Mar 2013.
Below, American Golden Plover in flight, Brazil, Nov.