Adorable (and cryptic) golden plover chicks

As usual, Matthew Cobb is the fount of all animal tw**ts. Here are two good ones: chicks of what I guess to be the European golden plover, Pluvialis apricaria.

I have no idea whether this is camouflage for a mossy milieu, but a reader might answer based on where the chicks are known to hang out.

They appear to be ground nesters, so the camouflage hypothesis seems reasonable:

The adults are lovely, too:


  1. Muffy Ferro
    Posted July 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    have you figured out why he won’t spell out “tweet” or “twitter?” He must have an issue with Twitter!


    • Kevin
      Posted July 17, 2017 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      Though Tw**er is valuable, it has an unmistakable tendency of illustrating unwanted insights into the psyche of so many of this planet’s inhabitants, some of whom sadly occupy government offices.

      As an invention, from my physicist’s point of view, it’s not an innovative technology and most of it’s users would fail a Turing Test for a nine year old.

  2. rickflick
    Posted July 16, 2017 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    With camo like that, this species should live long and prosper.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted July 16, 2017 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      Until something happens to the moss.

  3. Diane G.
    Posted July 17, 2017 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    Wonderful camouflage! And such darling chicks.

  4. Jonathan Wallace
    Posted July 17, 2017 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    The charadriiformes (shorebirds) all tend to have chicks that score highly for cuteness but golden plover chiks are particularly attractive.

  5. MR
    Posted July 17, 2017 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    They move from coastal areas to higher moorland to breed. Image search for “Nine Standards Rigg” for an area where I have seen quite a few.

  6. Posted July 17, 2017 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    They are great! And bravo to the photographer!

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