American Golden Plover

Pluvialis dominica (Statius Müller, 1776) ID AMGPL 4841
Family: Charadriiformes > Charadriidae

Normally a bird that migrates from North to South America, a few individuals are recorded in Britain each autumn.

Adults leave the Arctic in early summer but juveniles linger until late summer; in fact, some adults reach the wintering grounds in South America before the last juveniles have left the Arctic.

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5k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
5k records



American Golden Plover identification is often difficult.

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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


American Golden Plover is a rare vagrant, typically recorded in autumn and sometimes in spring.

Weekly occurence of American Golden Plover from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.

Foreign locations of birds ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland

Foreign locations of American Golden Plover ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland
Encountered in: Winter (Nov-Feb); Spring (Mar-Apr); Summer (May-Jul); Autumn (Aug-Oct)


Lifecycle and body size information about American Golden Plover, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Gaelic: Feadag-bhuidhe
Welsh: Corgwtiad Aur America
Catalan: daurada americana
Czech: kulík hnedokrídlý
Danish: Amerikansk Hjejle
Dutch: Amerikaanse Goudplevier
Estonian: ameerika rüüt
Finnish: amerikankurmitsa
French: Pluvier bronzé
German: Prärie-Goldregenpfeifer
Hungarian: amerikai pettyeslile
Icelandic: Gulllóa
Irish: Feadóg Bhuí Mheiriceánach
Italian: Piviere americano
Latvian: zeltainais tartinš
Lithuanian: amerikinis sejikas
Norwegian: Kanadalo
Polish: siewka szara
Portuguese: batuiruçu
Slovak: kulík hnedokrídly
Slovenian: ameriška prosenka
Spanish: Chorlito dorado americano
Swedish: amerikansk tundrapipare

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