Tag: American Golden Plover

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 […]

Male-Biased Breeding Ground Fidelity and Longevity in American Golden-Plovers

American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) Science Article 7 abstract The American Golden-Plover (PZuvialis dominicus) and its close relative the Pacific Golden-Plover (P. jiilva) are seasonally monogamous with both parents sharing in defense of the breeding territory, incubation, and care of the young (for a detailed treatment of breeding

Pacific and American Golden-Plovers: reflections on conservation needs

American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) Science Article 3 abstract Much has been learned about the biology of Pacific and American Golden-Plovers (Pluvialis fulva and P. dominica)in recent years. However, most of this information does not address conservation-related questionsaffecting the future of these birds. We lack accurate demographic figures (guesstimates of world populationvary more than 30-fold […]

Time budgets and body temperatures of American Golden-Plover chicks in relation to ambient temperature

American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) Science Article 1 abstract We studied time budgets of precocial chicks of American Golden-Plovers (Pluvialisdominica) on the tundra near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, to assess how time budgetsare influenced by environmental and body temperatures. Foraging time per day increasedwith increasing ambient temperatures and levels of solar radiation, as well as with […]

Breeding range extensions for the Pacific Golden-Plover andBlack-bellied Plover on the Alaska Peninsula

American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) Science Article 4 abstract To determine whether Pacific Golden-Plovers Pluvialis fulva and Black-bellied Plovers P. squatarola werenesting on the Alaska Peninsula, we conducted field surveys at several sites in 2004. We found both taxa breedingon the peninsula, with fulva in greater abundance. Our findings indicate that fulva nest from at […]

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, […]

Featured Photo: Identification of Adult Pacific and American Golden Plovers in their Southbound Migration

American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) Science Article 6 abstract Connors (1983) and Connors et al. (1993) confirmed that American (Pluvialis dominica) and Pacific (P. fulva) Golden-Plovers breeding in sympatry in Alaska are distinct species, a conclusion adopted by the A.O.U. (1993). Distinguishing these two species requires that the bird’s age or plumage class be determined […]