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  Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)





Red-kneed Dotterel | Erythrogonys cinctus photo
Red-kneed Dotterel, Samsonvale Cemetery, SE Queensland, Australia

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Red-kneed Dotterel | Erythrogonys cinctus photo
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

Image by Arthur Chapman - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



RED-KNEED DOTTEREL FACTS

Description
The Red-kneed Dotterel is a small wader. It has black head, white flower face, chin and throat, black band round the neck that is broad on the chest. There is a chestnut patch on the side joining the breast band. The back grey Juveniles are duller with grey replacing the black and chestnut markings of the adult.

Size
18 cm

Habitat
freshwater wetlands, lagoons, swamps

Food
aquatic insects, insect larvae, seeds

Breeding
The nest is a hollow scraped in the ground near water, usually sheltered by a bush or long grass.

Range
found throughout mainland Australia

distribution map showing range of Erythrogonys cinctus 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:Erythrogonys
Species:cinctus
Common Name:Red-kneed Dotterel