Pacific Golden Plover (species: Pluvialis fulva) in Birds of Tasmania (Gaia Guide)
Pluvialis fulva
Pacific Golden Plover

©Lip Kee Yap: Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

©Bering Land Bridge National Preserve: Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) in breeding plumage

©Adam Fagen: Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Pluvialis
Species Pluvialis fulva
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The breeding adult is spotted gold and black on the crown, back and wings. Its face and neck are black with a white border and it has a black breast and a dark rump. The legs are black.

In winter, the black is lost and it then has a yellowish face and breast, and white underparts. (Wikipedia)


  • From 23 cm to 26 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 32 cm to 43 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Its breeding habitat is Arctic tundra from northernmost Asia into western Alaska.

It is migratory and winters in south Asia and Australasia. A few winter in California and Hawaii, USA. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


Natural vocalizations; calls from a male bird on moist tundra on a gentle slope. These calls were given right as it landed after a prolonged flight display.

© Andrew Spencer


ItĀ forages for food on tundra, fields, beaches and tidal flats, usually by sight. It eats insects and crustaceans and some berries. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (1996). Field Guide to the Birds of Australia: Fifth Edition Penguin Books, Australia.
  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.