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Golden Plover
Pluvialis apricaria

Map of the common names

Like a pigeon in size (L 25 cm), in all plumages has greenish-yellow tones above. This species usually breeds on flat or geently ondulating plains, marshes or heaths. Outside the breeding season, Golden Plovers are found predominantly on cultivated areas, estuaries or mud beaches. Birds feed on insects and other small ground-dwelling animals. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The main threats for the species are the loss (hydraulical works, sand extraction, afforestation) and deterioration of habitat (traditional agriculture abandonment) and disturbances at the breeding period.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
300,000 / 500,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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