European Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria
A very scarce breeding species. Occurs quite commonly during spring migration on west Spitsbergen and Bjørnøya. Usually appears singly or in small groups of up to five birds. The breeding population is probably more than ten pairs.
Features: 25-28 cm. Characteristic movement pattern during foraging, when it stands still before running a few metres. Breeding: A few pairs breed in Adventdalen and the lower part of Reindalen and its adjacent valleys. Has also been found nesting on Bjørnøya.