Pacific Golden Plover feeding

“In their wintering area, the Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) is quoted as feeding primarily on bivalves and other molluscs.

“Saw this bird primarily feeds on insects and other animal matter in the fields at Malim Nawar Wetlands, Perak, Malaysia (above, below). Known to feed on terrestrial invertebrates, berries, leaves and seeds at the breeding grounds.

“Some views of the non-breeding adult Pacific Golden Plover. Can look quite different in different lighting.

“Above shows a close up of the ‘spangled’ pattern on upper parts (Wells 1999) – the brown upperparts fringed with yellow.

“From the description in “Peter Hayman, John Marchant, Tony Prater. Shorebirds: Identification Guide to the Waders of the World” this could be a first year bird.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
21st March 2013

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