American Golden Plover

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The American golden plover is a medium-sized bird (22 cm) that makes one of the longest migratory journeys of any shorebird. Their diet consists mainly of insects, worms, crustaceans and other invertebrates. They will also supplement their diet with berries, seeds, and occasionally grass. In Uruguay they inhabit native grasslands, beaches and intertidal flats.  They nest in the North American tundras during June and July. In a few weeks the chicks are ready to start the 12,000-km trip to our shores. Between September and October, they arrive at the coastal grasslands of our lagoons where they remain until February, when they start their trip back north to their breeding areas.