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American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) is a medium-sized plover. These birds forage for food on tundra, fields, beaches and tidal flats, usually by sight. They eat insects and crustaceans, also berries. The breeding habitat of American Golden Plover is Arctic tundra from northern Canada and Alaska. They nest on the ground in a dry open area. They are migratory and winter in southern South America.
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Shorebird ID program in 5 parts. American Golden-Plover medium sized bird on ground with scalloped feathers on back of blackand gold with a black face and bill with a black cap and a white eyebrow that wraps to back of neck and around to line below face
American golden plover - A trim, elegant plover. Swift and graceful in flight, probably one of the fastest fliers among shorebirds, and with good reason: it migrates every year from Arctic Alaska and Canada to southern South America. Flocks of northbound migrants, in their striking spring plumage, are seen mostly in the heartland of our continent, on the Great Plains and the Mississippi Valley; there they often forage in open fields and prairies, far from water.
Pacific Golden-Plover - so similar to American Golden-Plover that the 2 were regarded as one species until 1993. However, the birds can tell the difference: where the two forms overlap in western Alaska, they seldom or never interbreed. Their migratory routes are strikingly different: American Golden-Plover migrates to South America, while Pacific Golden-Plover flies from Alaska to islands in the Pacific & often on to Australia, regularly covering over 2,000 miles in a single nonstop flight.