Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Plovers and Lapwings :: American Golden-Plover
American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica
Described by: Müller, Statius (1776)
Alternate common name(s): American Golden Plover, Lesser Golden-Plover
Old scientific name(s): Pluvialis dominicus
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RangeN. North America;
N. Alaska across n. Canada from n. Yukon, n. Mackenzie, n. Keewatin, and Banks Is., s. Melville Is., Bathurst Is., Devon Is. and s. Baffin Is. and s. to c. Alaska (interior mountains), s. Yukon, nw. British Columbia(?), c. Mackenzie, s. Keewatin, ex. n. Manitoba (Churchill), and n. Ontario (Cape Henrietta Maria and Southampton Is.).
Spring migration begins in Argentina in early February across interior of South America and Central America across the Gulf of Mexico to the Mississippi flyway where it stops in the plains of Texas in the latter half of March. Then proceeds to the Prairies of Canada in May and to the breeding grounds in late May to early June.
Fall migration to Hudson Bay and James Bay begins in mid-August and proceeds to Nova Scotia and se. to Lesser Antilles and Argentina in early September with some birds reaching Tierra del Fuego.
Winters in s. South America in Brazil (se. Bahia), Paraguay, Uruguay (Departments of Maldonado and Rocha), and ne. Argentina.
North America n. of Mexican border;
Summer: N. to c. ALK, sw. to ec. YUK, n. and c. MAC, KEE e. to s. Baffin Is., ex. n. MAN, and ex. n. ONT along the sw. shore of Hudson Bay.
Spring migration is primarily through e. TEX, OKA, e. KAN (Cheyenne Bottoms), w. MOU, e. NEB, IWA, c. SDK, NDK, MIN, WIS, n, MIC, SAS, c. ALB, ne. BCO, YUK, MAC, MAN (Churchill), KEE, and ONT.
Fall migration proceeds down the w. coast of BCO, WAS, ORG, and CAL through Central America to South America, and through the Great Plains following route similar to the n. migration in addition to further e. in s. ONT, QUE, LAB s. through IND (Montgomery County), OHO, w. NYK, w. PEN, MYD, WVA, VIR, e. KTY, c. NCA, e. TEN, SCA, GEO, and FLA across the Gulf of Mexico to Panama, and through MAE and NFL across the Atlantic to Guyana, and Surinam.
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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.
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