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Pacific Golden Plover
21-25cm Breeding Adult
Juvenile: resembles winter adult but has an almost white forehead and supercilium. The flanks are chevroned with dusky-yellow but belly and vent are whitish.
 Similar Species
Eurasian Golden Plover: a slightly larger, stockier bird, but with shorter primary extension and shorter legs.
Breeds on arctic and sub-arctic tundra and in stony, gently sloping uplands.
Winters at water edges, marshlands, swamps, coastal mudflats, rice-fields, and on short-grass expanses
They may form large flocks on their winter feeding grounds.
Diet includes molluscs, worms, crustaceans, spiders. During breeding, berries, seeds and leaves are added.
They use the typical 'plover' feeding action of 'run and stop'.
They make their nest as a shallow scrape lined with lichens. Four eggs are laid, incubated by both parents (26 days). After hatching, the chicks and parents move off to moist shrubby or grassy tundra. When threatened, the parent distracts the predator from the nest or chicks by pretending to have a broken wing. Both parents raise the young, but if the brood is late, only by the male.
Call: A loud tu-it or keruit or kyew-eek.
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