American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica

Chilean name: Chorlo dorado

American Golden Plover, Arica, Chile, February 2007 - click for larger image Mouth of Lluta River, Arica, Chile
February 2007

The American Golden Plover breeds in the tundra of Alaska and northern Canada migrating to the southern parts of South America during the northern winter.

American Golden Plover, Arica, Chile, February 2007 - click for larger image It has longer wings than Grey Plover P. squatarola which manifests itself in the resting bird as a longish primary extension. In flight it lacks the Grey Plover's black patch on the axillaries under the wings. In the non-breeding plumage seen in South America the upperparts have only touches of gold if any and it lacks the black belly and cheeks. It does have a conspicuous white supercilium.
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