Birds of Colombia

    CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae (Plovers)  
Genus: Pluvialis (2 species, 4 worldwide)


American Golden Plover
American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica)
Wahoo, Nebraska, United States
  The non-breeding American Golden Plover looks a lot like the non-breeding Grey Plover, but check for a thicker eyebrow.
   
Photograph by Kelly Colgan Azar     Copyright and usage info

American Golden Plover
American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica)
Nome, Alaska, United States  
   
Photograph by budgora     Copyright and usage info

Golden Plovers have gold feathers on the back in breeding plumage. The similar Grey Plover does not.

Grey Plover
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Curry Hammock State Park, Florida, USA  
   

Grey Plover
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Long Key State Park, Florida Keys, USA
  The non-breeding Grey Plover looks a lot like the non-breeding American Golden Plover, but check for a thin eyebrow, and black feathers inside the wing where it meets the body (axillaries) (Birds of Costa Rica).
   

Once called the Black-bellied Plover because of black belly in breeding plumage.


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