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. The upperparts are brown and the underparts are white, with a black streak across the hindneck and down on to the chest. Young birds can be distinguished from other similar shorebirds by their orang eyering and the typical head-bobbing behaviour that plovers exhibit.
Scientific name: Thinornis cucullatus