Pacific golden-plover Pluvialis fulva

Identification Tips:

Adult alternate

Adult basic


Similar species:

The Black-bellied Plover is quite similar to the Pacific Golden-Plover but has black axillars, white wing stripe, thicker bill, and white rump in basic plumage and white undertail coverts in breeding plumage. In most plumages the Black-bellied is distinctly grayer without any gold coloration. American Golden-Plover is very similar but has black flanks and undertail coverts in breeding plumage. In basic plumage, Pacific has yellower head and neck, especially the supercilium. Rare European Golden-Plover has shorter wingtips that barely extend past the end of the tail and white axillars and underwings.