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Plover (Pacific golden) Pluvialis fulva

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Genus: Pluvialis
Species: P. fulva
Binomial name: Pluvialis fulva
Synonyms: Charadrius fulvus, Pluvialis dominica fulva
Common names: Pacific golden plover

The Pacific golden plover (Pluvialis fulva) is a rare migrant wader which nests in the Arctic tundra from northernmost Asia into western Alaska and migrates to spend the Artic winter here on New Zealand’s mudflats and coastal paddocks. Some 600 bird choose to migrate here each year.
It is 23–26 cm long and is a spotted gold and black on the crown, and black on the wings. Its face and neck are black with a white border, and it has a black breast and a dark rump. The legs are black.
This wader forages for food usually by sight. It eats insects, worms and marine crustaceans.

 

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