I'm aware that there can be more difficulty to specifically identifying a minority of both American and Pacific Golden Plovers than we may have realised in the 80s, when the first real progress was made in elucidating the field characters of these two species, but if this isn't a nailed-on juvenile American, we're really in trouble! Like most others who have expressed a view, I believe this is an absolutely perfect American, and it reminds me a lot of photos of the first American Golden Plover identified in Oman, which is not a million miles from India.
It would be interesting to see flight shots, if there are any, to establish whether the bird has commenced primary moult. It has been demonstrated that (unlike Pacific) first-year Americans wintering in South America undergo a complete moult of their primaries in their first-winter, but I guess an out-of-range vagrant might not follow the usual moult regime.
On Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 8:30 PM Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> wrote:
> All, > I was sent these photos a couple of days ago and sent a quick note to > support the ID as American. I am in full agreement with Peter, and in fact > I would say that this is pretty much a "classic" American based on features > others have elaborated on. > Regards > Alvaro > > Alvaro Jaramillo > <alvaro...> > www.alvarosadventures.com > > -----Original Message----- > From: NBHC ID-FRONTIERS Frontiers of Field Identification < > <BIRDWG01...> On Behalf Of Peter Adriaens > Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:23 PM > To: <BIRDWG01...> > Subject: Re: [BIRDWG01] BIRDWG01 Digest - 5 Sep 2019 to 9 Sep 2019 > (#2019-38) > > Hi all, > > I would respectfully disagree. > I do not see anything wrong for juv. American Golden Plover here - even > though it was photographed in India! > > Peter > On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 9:11:01 PM GMT+2, Doug Pratt < > <dpratt14...> wrote: > > My quick first impression is that this is a Pacific GP; too leggy and > slim for American. The bill may be at the smaller end for Pacific, but > would not look out of place in Hawaii. > > > Doug Pratt > > > On Sep 10, 2019, at 1:01 AM, BIRDWG01 automatic digest system < > <LISTSERV...> wrote: > > > > There is 1 message totaling 33 lines in this issue. > > > > Topics of the day: > > > > 1. American vs Pacific Golden-Plover > > > > Archives: https://listserv.ksu.edu/birdwg01.html > > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > > > Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 01:51:08 +0000 > > From: Pritam Baruah <pritambaruah.kaku...> > > Subject: American vs Pacific Golden-Plover > > > > Hello all, > > > > Can shorebird experts comment on the Golden-Plover in this checklist > sent to me by a friend? This could be the first record of American > Golden-Plover in India so any comments would be greatly appreciated. The > photo is from southern India where Pacific GP is regular. European GP is a > vagrant to India. I am aware that the PP formula has been questioned in > North America before because of the possibility of hybrids so that is why > we would like comments from folks who are quite familiar with both species. > > > > https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S33781460 > > > > Is there a maximum number of photos we can attach to an email in this > forum? > > > > Thanks, > > Pritam. > > > > > > > > Sent from Outlook for Android > > > > Archives: https://listserv.ksu.edu/birdwg01.html > > > > ------------------------------ > > > > End of BIRDWG01 Digest - 5 Sep 2019 to 9 Sep 2019 (#2019-38) > > ************************************************************ > > "Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always > called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is." - > Norman Rockwell > > H. Douglas Pratt, Ph. D. > Ornithologist, illustrator, musician > 1205 Selwyn Lane > Cary, NC 27511 > > Research Curator of Birds, Emeritus > North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences > 11 West Jones Street > Raleigh NC 27601 > > Phone 919-379-1679 > Cell phone 919-270-0857 (for travel use only) > > Website: http://www.hdouglaspratt.com/index.html > > > > > > > > > > > Archives: https://listserv.ksu.edu/birdwg01.html > > Archives: https://listserv.ksu.edu/birdwg01.html > > > --- > This email has been checked for viruses by AVG. > https://www.avg.com > > Archives: https://listserv.ksu.edu/birdwg01.html >