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.

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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.