Category: Charadriidae

Moult, mass and migration of Grey Plovers Pluvialis squatarola wintering in South Africa.

Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) Science Article 2 abstract Data on 355 Grey Plovers Pluvialis squatarola trapped in South Africa in 1971-1997 were used to describe seasonal body mass variation and moult in relation to their very long migrations. The estimated duration of adult primary moult, 131 days, was similar to that observed in India and […]

Origin and movements of Grey Plovers Pluvialis squatarolaringed in Germany

Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) Science Article 3 abstract The general migration routes of waders using the East Atlantic flyway are reasonably wellknown. However, detailed studies on the migration routes and the origin of Grey Ploversstaging along the German coasts are very limited. Klaus-Michael Exo & Svea Wahls, Wader Study Group Bull. 81: 42-45. 1996 Download […]

The regulation of primary molt speed in the grey plover,Pluvialis squatarola

Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) Science Article 1 abstract Grey plovers wintering at different latitudes differ in duration of molt. We investigated the role of simultaneous primaryshedding and different growth rates of individual primaries on regulation of molt speed. We also explored relationships betweenlength and mass of primaries and primary growth rates. Grey plovers adjusted molt […]

The Migration of the American Golden Plover Through Surinam

American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) Science Article 8 abstract American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) has the fame of making a long transoceanic flight in autumn from Nova Scotia to northern South America and after a short stop proceeding to its winter quarters in Argentina. In spring the birds are said to return in a long […]

Taxonomy, distribution, and evolution of golden plovers (pluvialis dominica and pluvialis fulva)

American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) Science Article 5 abstract A discriminant function analysis of specimen measurements separates 96% of two forms of Lesser Golden Plover in breeding plumage, previously described as subspecies. The forms breed sympatrically in northwest Alaska and are not isolated by habitat, but the incidence of specimens phenotypically intermediate between the two […]

Morphometric features of Pacific and American Golden-Plovers withcomments on field identification.

American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) Science Article 2 abstract We measured linear dimensions and evaluated identification criteria in Pacific and American Golden-Plovers(Pluvialis fulva and P. dominica) captured for banding. Most of the fulva sampled were wintering birds inHawaii, representative of the mid-Pacific flyway; additional fulva and all dominica were from breeding groundson the Seward Peninsula, […]