Friday, 29 March 2019

Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

Latin Etymology: Pluvialis ("relating to rain") fulva ("tawny")
Three non-breeding Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulvaat Sungei Buloh, Singapore - February 2019

Featured Subspecies: N/A
Weight: 140g
Length: 23-26cm
Wingspan: 60-72cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

There are three species of Golden Plover worldwide, roughly splitting the entire Northern hemisphere between them, breeding in the far North and migrating South for the Winter.  The Pacific Golden Plover is the representative in East of Asia and along the top of the North American West coast.  A daintier bird than the Eurasian, it does on occassion turn up as a vagrant in the UK, but was numerous at Sungei Buloh in Singapore as a Winter migrant. 

Related Species:
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadridae
Genus: Pluvialis
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
SINGAPORE - A common Winter migrant.
 - CAMBODIA/SINGAPORE 2019 TRIP: Numerous at at Sungei Buloh

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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