European Golden-Plover

Pluvialis apricaria

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4

EUGP

Code 6

PLUAPR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The European Golden-Plover, which is also known as the Eurasian Golden Plover, is rated at Least Concern at this time. In 2000 the European Golden-Plover was rated as Lower Risk. That rating has since changed as a result of the bird's range and population, which are both fairly large. The population of the European Golden-Plover is about 2 million individual birds. The range of the European Golden-Plover is about 10 million square kilometers. This bird is native to both Europe and Asia. It is also sometimes a visitor to the Middle East and North America.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

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PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

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SUMMARY

Overview

European Golden-Plover: Largest of the golden plovers, showing black crown, throat, neck and upperparts with small bright gold spotting. White band on forehead runs down sides of neck and along flank; black underparts are trimmed in white. Undertail is white and the legs are short and dark gray.

 

Range and Habitat

European Golden-Plover: Rare passage migrant. Occurs throughout Kazakhstan, but mainly in north-western Kazakhstan and in the Tengiz-Korgalzhyn region in central Kazakhstan. Occurs in limited numbers in extreme northwestern Canada. In winter, may occur at Karakul Lake on the eastern Caspian coast. Prefers open ground and tundra habitats.

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European Golden-Plover SONGS AND CALLS

European Golden-Plover P1

Song is a whistled "tuuu" or "tee-ooo".

European Golden-Plover P2

Short high-pitched alarm calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"toee", "tlui"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The American Golden-Plover makes one of the longest migratory journeys of any shorebird.
  • In the 19th century it disappeared as a breeding bird in Poland and now only occurs there as a migrant; its breeding population in Central Europe apparently was a relic of the last ice age.
  • A group of plovers has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "congregation", "deceit", "ponderance" and "wing" of plovers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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BACKYARD BIRDING

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X