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.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Department of Conservation
Photograph by Peter Morrison
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