Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica)


French: Pluvier bronzé German: Prärie-Goldregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlito dorado americano

Charadrius Dominicus

Statius Müller

, 1776,



Closely related to P. fulva, with which formerly considered conspecific. Monotypic.


W Alaska E through N Canada to Baffin I. Winters in South America mainly from SE Brazil and Paraguay S to NE Argentina, some ranging to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

Descriptive notes

24–28 cm; 106–194 g; wingspan 65–72 cm. Large white patches on sides of breast. Generally greyer, with paler flecks, than very similar P. apricaria... read more


Most-frequently heard calls away from breeding grounds are a short and urgent monosyllabic... read more


Breeds in Arctic and subarctic tundra beyond tree limit, in valleys and well-drained uplands with... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, especially grasshoppers, crickets, beetles and caterpillars; also worms, spiders, molluscs, crustaceans; berries important on... read more


Lays Jun to mid Jul. Monogamous, sometimes for several years, but in NW Alaska a study found that 8% of 131 offspring and 16% of 37 nests... read more


Migratory, with elliptical migration pattern. Adults leave breeding grounds from late Jun (failed... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population 150,000 birds, apparently stable (based on numbers observed on migration through E North America and in wintering... read more

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 27 February 2020).