American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica), Willcox, Cochise County
American Golden-Plover was found and photographed by Arlene Ripley on
23 March 2016
Casual migrant (less than 50 records for the state), particularly in spring.
The similar Black-bellied Plover is eliminated
by this bird's thin bill, dark cap, long wings, and more
distinct pale supercilium. Separating this bird from the
very similar Pacific Golden-Plover is much more
difficult (see here),
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 the duller, grayer plumage; as well as the length of
23 March 2016, photo by Arlene RipleyAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 02 April 2016