Family: (Charadriidae) Plovers and Lapwings
Preferred Habitat: Fields, mudflats.
Seasonal Occurrence: Spring.
Food Sources: Insects, crustaceans, berries.
Notes: American Golden-Plovers are most common on the Upper Texas Coast in the spring. They are rare in the fall with occasional individuals occurring in the winter. Breeding plumaged birds, striking in bold black, gold and white, are not seen on the Upper Texas Coast. American Golden-Plovers have one of the longest known migratory routes -- over 25,000 miles! They breed in the Arctic tundra and winter in southern South America. Large numbers were shot in the late 19th century and the population has never fully recovered.
- Susan Billetdeaux