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Banded Dotterel | by Layzeboy Photography Nature & Wildlife ©
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Banded Dotterel

Banded Dotterel - Charadrius bicinctus or Tuturiwhatu [Maori Name] It is the most numerous dotterel or plover in New Zealand, and is a protected endemic species. This medium sized dotterel is often hard to distinguish owing to the confusing range of plumages, which change with age, sex, and time of year. Banded Dotterel breeds in a variety of habitats seacoasts, farms and on the shores of lakes and riverbeds. The male makes several nests for the female to choose from and these are scrapes on sand or soil. Both the male and female incubate two to four eggs. Banded Dotterel feeds on molluscs, sand hoppers, other invertebrates, fish and crabs, insects, grubs, earthworms and spiders.

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Taken on December 3, 2012