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Pacific Golden Plover2 locationsBird
.: bknorby :.
Sep 29 2012
Waikoloa Petroglyph Field
TypeBird
FamilyCharadriidae - plovers, dotterels and lapwings
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Pluvialis fulva

Common NamesKolea

Habitat:The breeding habitat of Pacific Golden Plover is Arctic tundra from northernmost Asia into western Alaska. It nests on the ground in a dry open area. This wader is migratory and winters in south Asia and Australasia. A few winter in California and Hawaii, USA. In Hawaii, the bird is known as the kolea. Most prefer to winter in the South Pacific Islands versus the Southern Coast of California.

Description:The 23–26 cm long breeding adult is spotted gold and black on the crown, back and 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. In winter, the black is lost and the plover then has a yellowish face and breast, and white underparts.


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