Pacific Golden Plover

Scientific Name: Pluvialis fulva

Malay Name: Kerinyut Biasa

Chinese Name: 金斑鸻

Range: Found from North Palearctic to Alaska and winter to South Asia, East Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 23-26 cm

Identification: In non-breeding plumage, can be confused with Grey Plover but is smaller, more golden overall and has shorter/thiner bill. In flight, underwings are drab, pale, brown and lack the black auxiliaries (armpits) present in Grey Plover. In breeding plumage, face and underparts all black with a broad white band that extends from the lore to behind the ear-coverts and down the breast-sides.

Similar looking species: Grey Plover

Habitat: Mudflat, open fields and other coastal habitats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Gregarious. Usually form large flocks in wintering grounds.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

Location: Sungei Buloh, Mandai Mudflat, Seletar Mudflat, Punggol Barat, Pasir Ris Farmway 3, Neo Tiew, Tuas South, Lorong Halus and Chek Jawa.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Sep 17-Sep 23
Early date 06 Jul 1996
Late date 30 Jun 1990
A common wader often seen in large flocks, particularly when roosting. Early migrants arrive by early August.


BirdLife International. (2019). Pluvialis fulva. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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