Eurasian Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) - HBW 3, p. 423
French: Pluvier doré
Spanish: Chorlito Dorado Europeo
Other common names: (Greater/European) Golden Plover
Taxonomy: Charadrius apricarius Linnaeus, 1758, Lappland.
Validity of subspecific division regularly debated, due to considerable variation within local populations and no apparent differences in measurements. Birds of British Is to N Germany formerly considered separate race, oreophilos. Two subspecies normally recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- altifrons (C. L. Brehm, 1831) - EC Greenland, Iceland and Faeroes to N Fenno-Scandia, and thence E to Taymyr Peninsula.
- apricaria (Linnaeus, 1758) - British Is, through W Germany, Denmark and S Fenno-Scandia to Baltic states.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 29 videos
An adult coming back to the nest and incubating Locality Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Eastern Russia, Russia (ssp altifrons)
Laurent Demongin 8 July 2010 4 years ago 27 sec 4.8
A close up of a juvenile Locality Gressholmen Island, Oslo Fjord, Oslo & Akershus, Norway (ssp apricaria)
Eric Roualet 14 August 2009 3 years ago 13 sec 4.6
A calling chick in a nest, which also contains three eggs; Hardangervidda plateau. Locality Hordaland County, Norway (ssp altifrons)
Greg Baker 17 July 1999 1 year ago 19 sec 4.4
Birds on the ground, well camouflaged Locality Punta Entinas-Sabinar, Almeria, Andalucia, Spain
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2013 1 year ago 1 min 5 sec 4.4
A pair copulating Locality Hautes-Fagnes, Liège Province, Belgium (ssp apricaria)
Jean Hupperetz 4 April 2003 10 years ago 6 sec 4.3
A male calling, preening and wing-stretching; Hardangervidda plateau Locality Hordaland County, Norway (ssp altifrons)
Greg Baker 17 July 1999 1 year ago 51 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 34 photos
Locality Tuscany Region, Italy
Lorenzo Shoubridge 15 November 2013 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.8
A bird in the snow
Locality Valladolid, Castile and Leon, Spain
CarlosNaza 3 December 2010 3 years ago 4.5
In a ploughed pivot field
Locality Arakhiya Farm, Al Rayyan, Qatar
John A Thompson 12 December 2011 2 years ago 4.5
Midsummer and very warm on Iceland. The plover seems to like it to.
Wijnand 23 July 2013 49 weeks ago 4.3
Eurasian Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)
Locality Les Grangettes Nature Reserve, Noville, Vaud Canton, Switzerland
Jacques Erard 1 December 2010 47 weeks ago 4.3
Adult in non-breeding plumage resting in a pasture
Locality Arkemheen, Nijkerk, Gelderland Province, Netherlands
Peter Vercruijsse 29 November 2013 27 weeks ago 4.3