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European Golden Plover

(Pluvialis apricaria)
Alternate name(s): "Eurasian Golden Plover", "Golden Plover*"
German name(s): "Goldregenpfeifer"

Size: 26-29 cm; wing span 67-76 cm
Weight: 140-310 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See European Golden Plover at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

NON-BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a European Golden Plover in non-breeding plumage; note the streaking down the front of the neck and the chest (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, January 2019]

Lateral view of a European Golden Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, February 2018]

Lateral view of a European Golden Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Figueira da Foz, near Coimbra, Portugal, February 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a European Golden Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, February 2018]

Dorsal view of European Golden Plovers in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Figueira da Foz, near Coimbra, Portugal, February 2019]

Lateral view of a European Golden Plover in non-breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2018]

Small flock of European Golden Plovers in non-breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil Dam, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2015]

Behaviour

Especially during migration, but also while overwintering, European Golden Plovers can form large flocks. As the birds weave on the sky in unison, changing direction, such flocks can alternately show the golden upperparts and the off-white underparts of the birds.

Flock of European Golden Plovers in non-breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2016]

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