BIRD OF THE WEEK — AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pluvialis dominica 
POPULATION: 200,000
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Nests on dry tundra; winters on grassy plains.

The American Golden-Plover is made for life on the wing, with an elegant, elongated shape set off by eye-catching breeding plumage of black and white with a gold-spangled back.

American Golden-Plover in winter plumage, Steve Byland, Shutterstock

While migrating, the American Golden-Plover forms large, noisy flocks. In the spring, groups make frequent pit stops to rest and refuel in a variety of habitats, including native prairies, farm fields, mudflats, shorelines, and estuaries.

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