Pacific Golden Plover

Scientific Name: Pluvialis fulva
Malay Name: Kerinyut Biasa
Chinese Name: 金斑鸻

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


Size: 23-26 cm

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: Common winter visitor.

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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2019). Pluvialis fulva. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.