The most loved bird in Iceland

The Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) is probably the most loved Icelandic bird. Its arrival in the spring is looked forward to because it signals the coming of summer. The Golden Plower is a common breeding bird and it lays its eggs in dry heathland both in lowlands and highlands.

Heiðlóa – Golden Plover – Pluvialis apricaria

The Golden Plower loses its black colour in the winter time and in September most of them have become almost white on the  belly.

Golden Plover in winter dress

The breeding population counts around 300,000 pairs. The Golden Plower goes to Ireland for the coldest months of winter, leaves late (October) and comes back early (April).