Inland Dotterel or Australian Dotterel

The Inland Dotterel, Charadrius australis, also known as the Australian Dotterel and sometimes placed in the monotypic (one single species) genus Peltohyas, is a medium-sized Charadriine plover.


Unmistakable. Upperparts are generally buff and mottled with dark brown. Face pale but marked by vertical black band crossing eye and fore-crown. Underparts are generally buff and white, marked with a distinctive black Y on the breast, forming a collar on the hind-neck, and joined to the black band on the belly separating the white lower belly from the rich buff lower breast and flanks. Measurements: length 19-23 cm; wingspan 43-47 cm; weight 80 g.


The Inland Dotterel Endemic to the southern and central arid zone of mainland Australia.


Inland Dotterel

Open, arid country; distribution bounded by 100 mm summer isohyet.


Seeds and invertebrates animals without internal skeletons, such as insects, larvae, earthworms, millipedes, snails, and spiders).


Nests on bare ground in shallow depression; clutch of 3 brown eggs, marked with irregular black spots; incubation period c.28 days; young precocial and nidifugous.


With a large range and no evidence of significant population decline, this species’ conservation status is of Least Concern.

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