Pluvialis dominica   (Muller,  1776) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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They are 23 to 30 cm in length, and have a wingspan of 45.7 to 66.0 cm, weigh between 122 and 194 g, averaging 144.6 g.b

Voice: Call- A clear high-pitched rather mournful double whistle tu-ee. Its palatability combined with its natural wariness and speed on the wing make it a coveted sporting bird.

Color: Brown above, spangled with white and gold, whitish below mottled on breast with brown grey, yellow.

Typicaly plover with thick head, slender bare legs, pigeon-like bill. In flight narrow pointed wings without wing-bar, and fanned-out brown tail conspicuous. In summer (breeding) plumage underparts black. On arrival in India (autumn) and before departure (spring) commonly with parti-coloured black and white underparts. Sexes alike. Flocks on wet pasture land, moist grassy edges of jheels, etc.

Habits: Typical plover. Runs about on moist grassland, stopping erect now and again and dipping forward steeply to pick up food- tiny snails, crabs, insects, berries, etc. When one bird raises on alarm the scattered flock follows almost simultaneously, wheeling and banking on rapidly beating wings in compact formation.

Breeding season: Breeding occurs in the month of June. Nests built in areas with lichen are less likely to be destroyed by predators. Nests are built on uniform surroundings that help camouflage the nest.
A female lays 1 to 4 eggs (the average is 4) in June. Each egg is large and weighs almost 20% of the female's body weight. The eggs are creme or white in colored with brown and black spots. The eggs hatch 22 to 30 days after being layed.

Synonym (s)
Charadrius fulvus Gmelin, 1780

Common Name (s)
• Eastern Golden Plover (English)
• Golden Plover (English)
• Chhota batan (Hindi)
• American Golden Plover (English)
• Lesser Golden Plover (English)
• Chhota batan (Hindi)
• Manal kozhi (Malayalam)
• Kalporrukki (Tamil)
• Sonn chilkha (Marathi)
• Soneri batana titodi, Soneri batan (Marathi)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
Importance:  Ecosystem balance
(There is little information available on the role of P. dominica in its ecosystem. Because P. dominica eat large numbers of insects and insect larvae, crustaceans, seeds, and berries, they reduce these populations. They may help disperse the seeds of the berries they eat.)
Importance:  Commercial
(Important shorebirds in both Argentina and Alaska that attract ecotourism. In addition, they are important research subjects because of their long migrations and migratory patterns.)

Habitat:  Coastal
Prey:  terrestial snails, insects and insect larvae, seeds, freshwater crustaceans, and insect larvae
Predator:  Arctic skuas (Stercorarius parasiticus) long-tailed skuas (Stercorarius longicaudus)
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram INDIA (Record: 08/1986-07/1987)
• Orissa, Bhusundipur INDIA (Record: 06/12/1986)
• Orissa, Sambal Island INDIA (Record: 06/09/1987)
• Orissa, Barkuda Island INDIA (Record: 28/11/1986)
• Orissa, Barkul INDIA (Record: 09/09/1987)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Orissa, Samuguda Island INDIA (Record: 28/11/1986)
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Andhra Pradesh, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Point Calimere (Lat: 10.3) (Long: 79.85) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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