Name: Golden Plover
Scientific name: Pluvialis apricaria
Nature Stars: 50
About: A large plover, just a little smaller than Lapwing with which it often gathers in large numbers on farmland during the winter. Grey spangled with golden above. In the summer adults have black throat, chest and belly, surroudned by white: in the winter the
How to identify: When mixed flocks fly, can be told at a great distance from Lapwings by having sharp pointed wings. Told from the larger Grey Plover by the golden, not silver spangling and by the more delicate bill.
Where: Nests on moorlands, spends the winter on farmland and on muddy estuaries around the coast.
Fantastic fact: There are two other species of Golden Plover: the American Golden Plover and the Pacific Golden Plover. Both are extremely rare visitors to Britain each year.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc