Pacific Golden Plover (species: Pluvialis fulva) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pluvialis fulva
Pacific Golden Plover

©Ceri Pearce: Pacific Golden Plover on the airstrip at Lizard Island

©Ceri Pearce: Pacific Golden Plover behind the beach at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island.

©David McCartt: Pacific Golden Plover at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Pluvialis
Species Pluvialis fulva
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 26 cm (Length) - applies to Adults


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa

  • Animalia: species: Pluvialis dominica
    is a valid species found mostly in America. It has been reported as a vagrant within Australia. However, early reports of that species in the Lizard Island area (Domm, 1977; Smith, 1987) are likely to be Pluvialis fulva which is a regular visitor.


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Domm, S. (1977). Sea birds and waders of the Lizard Island area, The Sunbird, 8: 1-8. LIRS catalog number 4.
  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (1996). Field Guide to the Birds of Australia: Fifth Edition Penguin Books, Australia.
  • Smith, G.C. (1987). The birds of Eagle Island, a tropical sand cay on the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia, The Sunbird, 17(1): 1-11. LIRS catalog number 245.