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  Inland Dotterel (Charadrius australis)





Inland Dotterel | Charadrius australis photo
Inland Dotterel

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INLAND DOTTEREL FACTS

Description
The Inland Dotterel is a shorebird that lives in inland Australia. The breeding plumage is pale brown heavily streaked with dark brown above, chestnut coloured breast and belly, white underside and white under tail, black v-shaped band on chest that continues round the neck, black line across head and through each eye. Non breeding plumage has less distinct v-shaped marking and neck band, less distinct head line, less streaking on back. Juvenile is like the non-breeding adult without the black markings on head, neck and chest

Size
20 cm

Habitat
sparsely vegetated plains, farmland

Food
fleshy leaves of desert shrubs

Breeding
nest is a shallow depression in the ground. The female lays three eggs

Range
found in inland Australia in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Northern Territory

distribution map showing range of Charadrius australis in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Charadriidae
Genus:Charadrius
Species:australis
Common Name:Inland Dotterel

Relatives in same Genus
  Kentish Plover (C. alexandrinus)
  Double-banded Plover (C. bicinctus)
  Little Ringed Plover (C. dubius)
  Ringed Plover (C. hiaticula)
  Greater Sand Plover (C. leschenaultii)
  Lesser Sand Plover (C. mongolus)
  Red-capped Plover (C. ruficapillus)