Story: Wading birds

Male banded dotterel on nest

Male banded dotterel on nest

This male banded dotterel is sitting on a shallow scrape in the ground. Males prepare several alternative scrapes, then one is chosen and lined with fragments of plants before the eggs are laid. In breeding plumage, banded dotterels have bold bands across the breast. These are broader on males, which also have a thin black band above the forehead.

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Photograph by Peter Morrison

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Gerard Hutching, 'Wading birds - Dotterels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015