Story: Wading birds

Spur-winged plover

Spur-winged plover

Spur-winged plovers are larger than other New Zealand breeding plovers and dotterels. A recent self-introduced species from Australia, they make the most of farmland and golf greens. Their raucous aggression towards intruders has earned them the title ‘noisy Australians’.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Wading birds - Wrybills and shore plovers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 February 2023)

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