Goldregenpfeifer (Pluvialis apricaria) im Brutkleid
Goldregenpfeifer (Pluvialis apricaria) in the breeding dress
Class: Birds (Aves)
subclass: Neukiefervögel (Neognathae)
order: Regenpfeiferartige (Charadriiformes)
family: Regenpfeifer (Charadriidae)
kind: Pluvialis
kind: Goldregenpfeifer
scientific name
Pluvialis apricaria
(Linnaeus, 1758)

the Goldregenpfeifer (Pluvialis apricaria) is bird a kind from the family of the Regenpfeifer (Charadriidae).

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of the Goldregenpfeifer is approx. 26-29 cm long and weighs between 150 and 220 G. The wingspan amounts to 67 to 76 cm. The birds are rather awkward wading birds, them have a round head and a grey-brown speckled top side. The males are unmistakable in the spring and during the breeding time by their black belly and the black throat, which are framed by a white strip. The females are likewise colored on the ventral side more darkly, but not as high-contrast as the males. There is during the black coloration however a large variability, so that a distinction between the sexes is not always possible free of doubts.

The voice is a sad monotonous “Trüüüüt”, which they give in regular intervals of itself. For the conquest of a breeding area the males implement remarkable singing flights in spring.

The Goldregenpfeifer applies for nutrition Goldregenpfeifer in Iceland as “return

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] eats insects, worms and snails, which look for her on the soil.


mountain meadows live habitat Goldregenpfeifer, in heaths and in the tundra in far moorland landscapes. Goldregenpfeifer were in former times as breeding birds in Central Europe more frequently, today give it in Germany only a tiny existence in Lower Saxony. Their main circulation area is Northern Europe, in the winter pulls the birds on the British islands and to the coasts in west and south Europe, and lives there however on pastures and fields. In Germany they are usually Durchzügler.

breeding care

Golregenpfeiferküken and - eggs on a färöischen stamp. On these North Atlantic islands annually about 1000 pairs breed.

Both birds take part in the breeding business and alternate. The nest is a flat hollow at the soil, which is eye-padded only few with plant material. The clutch of eggs consists of four eggs, which are put in the distance of 2-3 days. The eggs are usually 52 x 35 mm largely and have a yellow-brown color with dark-brown sample.

The Küken slips after approximately 30 days and is immediately in the situation to nourish itself however still by parents is supervised.

If an intruder approaches the nest, then the Goldregenpfeifer specifies a catch me play. It tries to lure by demonstrative stopping and keeping running the intruder from its territory.

The Goldregenpfeifer was bird of the yearly 1975.

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