Pluvialis dominica (American golden plover)

Amerikaanse goue strandkiewiet [Afrikaans]; Amerikaanse goudplevier [Dutch]; Pluvier bronzé [French]; Amerikanischer Wanderregenpfeifer [German]; Tarambola-dourada-americana [Portuguese]

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Pluvialis dominica (American golden plover) Pluvialis dominica (American golden plover)

American golden plover in breeding plumage, Canada. [photo Matthew Studebaker ©]

American golden plover in non-breeding plumage, Iceland. [photo Jakob Sigurdsson ©]

Distribution and habitat

Breeds in North America, heading south in the non-breeding season to South America, while it is a vagrant to Europe, New Zealand and Africa. In southern Africa it has been recorded almost ten times in the west of the Western Cape and south-western Northern Cape, while rarely sighted at coastal central Namibia, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. It generally prefers coastal wetlands, especially with dry fringing vegetation, occasionally moving to sandy beaches and short grass fields; it is more commonly seen inland than the Pacific golden plover.


Mainly feeds using the typical foraging technique of plovers, running, stopping then searching for prey, although it occasionally probes in mud or sand.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 


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