American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica), Liberty, Maricopa County
This American Golden-Plover was
found and photographed by Caleb Strand on 13 April 2013
Casual migrant (less than 50 records for the state, including about 24 since the start of the ABC), particularly in spring.
The similar Black-bellied Plover is eliminated
by this bird's thin bill, dark cap, long wings, and
relatively long legs. Separating this bird from the very
similar Pacific Golden-Plover is much more difficult
but there are only two records of Pacific for Arizona
(plus a third that is currently circulating).
Identification as American Golden-Plover hinges mainly
on there being no golden or bright buffy feathering
anywhere on the plumage.
13 April 0013, photo by Caleb StrandAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 22 January 2016