Story: Wading birds

Black-fronted dotterel on nest

Black-fronted dotterel on nest

Black-fronted dotterels have a black band through the eyes, and another from the bill up the forehead. A V-shaped black band runs from shoulder to shoulder and down the breast. They nest on raised stony banks in riverbeds. These small dotterels have been breeding in New Zealand only since the late 1950s.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Wading birds - Dotterels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

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