Category: Charadriidae

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 […]

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

Male Incubation in Wilson’s Plover (Charadrius wilsonia)

Thick-billed Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) Science Article 1 abstract Male incubation, defined as exclusive incubation by the male, is thought to be a necessary step in the evolution of polyandry from monogamy in birds. When the female has time to gather more food, she can lay clutches more rapidly, which may be an advantage under certain […]

Notes on reproduction of the Southern lapwing , in Colombia

Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis) Science Article 1 abstract Despite its wide distribution throughout most of South America, the Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis) remains poorly studied, and even the most basic aspects of its natural history have been only briefly reported. According to Johnsgard (1981) four subspecies are recognized, of which. only cayennensis occurs at the […]

International Single Species Action Planfor the Conservation of theSociable Lapwing

Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) Science Article 1 abstract The Sociable Lapwing breeds currently in Kazakhstan and central part of southern (further ‘southcentral’)Russia. Its breeding range includes northern and central Kazakhstan, and in Russiaextends currently from the Orenburg region, across Chelyabinsk, Kurgan, Omsk and Novosibirskregions to the area around Barnaul in the Altai. Within this area […]

Breeding of the Semipalmated Plover (aegialitis semipalmata) inYarmouth County, Nova Scotia.

Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) Science Article 3 abstract On June 14, 1920, at Cook’s Beach,at the mouth of the Chebogue River, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, I found a nest and four eggs of the Semipalmated Plover (aegialitis semipalmata(Bonap.)) Harrison F. Lewis, The AUK(27):583-584 Download article download full text (pdf)


Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) Science Article 4 abstract On 23 June1 973, at Ocean Shores,Grays Harbor County, Washington, Eugene Hunn and I observed an adult Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) in breeding plumage calling incessantly and diving at us as close as 15 feet. The bird seemed to be defending a territory in a flat sandy […]