Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)


French: Pluvier fauve German: Tundra-Goldregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlito dorado siberiano
Other common names: Asian Golden Plover

Charadrius fulvus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,



Closely related to P. dominica, with which formerly considered conspecific. Geographic variation in wing length, molt, and migration suggests that the Alaskan and Siberian breeding populations be distinguished as different subspecies#R. Monotypic.


NC & NE Russia from Yamal Peninsula E along coast (including Wrangel I) to Chukotskiy Peninsula and S across Koryakskiy highlands to N Kamchatka; W Alaska. Winters from E Africa through S Asia and Indonesia to Oceania, Australia and New Zealand; small numbers in SW USA (S California).

Descriptive notes

23–26 cm; 100–228 g; wingspan 60–72 cm. Black underparts with narrow white line along flanks in summer plumage; vent tends to be mostly white with... read more


Most-frequently heard calls away from breeding grounds a whistled “klu-eeuh” or similar but shorter... read more


Breeds in drier parts of typical tundra, but not on coastline; in shrub tundra, rarely forest... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects, molluscs, worms, crustaceans and spiders; berries particularly important on tundra; occasionally seeds and leaves, and... read more


Breeds in boreal summer, with laying in mid May to Jul, depending on latitude, altitude and weather. Presumed to be seasonally monogamous.... read more


Migratory. Appears in Siberian tundra in early Jun; Taymyr population migrates over middle taiga... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population wintering in SW & SC Asia probably numbers c. 100,000 birds, and in CE & SE Asia at least 100,000 birds; c. 9000... read more

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva). 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 22 February 2020).