Plovers & Dotterels

Charadriidae

Of the 20 species recorded in Australia, the Hooded Plover Thinornis cucullatus , Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops, Red-kneed Dotterel Erythrogonys cinctus and Inland Dotterel Charadrius australis are the only endemics. Thirteen of the remaining 16 occur in Australia as non-breeding migrants (six) or vagrants (seven). Variable, but typically small to medium, terrestrial feeders, associated with aquatic areas and damp grasslands.

Black-fronted Dotterel

Black-fronted Dotterel

This small (16 to 18 cm) wader is a breeding resident in Australia. When observed it is easily identified by its white underparts and distinct black Y-shaped band which extends across the chest, around to the base of the neck and through the eye to the forehead (this may be absent in younger birds). Its bill is orange-red, tipped with black, and it has a conspicuous orange ring around the eye....
Hooded Plover

Hooded Plover

This small shorebird inhabits sandy beaches, where it feeds on small insects, molluscs and crustaceans. Its range extends from Jervis Bay, NSW, south and west to the Eyre Peninsula SA and also from Esperance and Perth in south-western WA. In Tasmania they occur on all coastal beaches and islands. The adult is unmistakable, with its black head, orange eyering and two-toned orange and black bill....
Red-capped Plover

Red-capped Plover

This is a small (14 to 16.5cm) shorebird. Brown above, reddish on the crown and nape, and with a white face and underparts, the Red-capped Plover cannot be confused with any other shorebird regularly found in Australia. The vagrant Kentish Plover C. alexandrinus has a white collar around the nape. It feeds mainly on insects, which are caught on the drier shores of lakes, estuaries, marshes and...