Inland dotterel

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Inland dotterel
Charadrius australis (Inland Dotterel).jpg
Charadrius australis
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Genus: Charadrius
Linnaeus, 1758
Species: C. australis
Binomial name
Charadrius australis
Gould, 1841

Peltohyas australis

The inland dotterel (Charadrius australis) also known as the Australian dotterel and sometimes placed in the monotypic genus Peltohyas,[2] is a medium-sized Charadriine plover.


Unmistakable. Upperparts generally buff mottled with dark brown. Face pale but marked by vertical black band crossing eye and fore-crown. Underparts generally buff and white, marked with distinctice black Y on breast, forming collar on hind-neck, and joined to black band on belly separating white lower belly from rich buff lower breast and flanks. Measurements: length 19–23 cm; wingspan 43–47 cm; weight 80 g.


Endemic to southern and central arid zone of mainland Australia.


Open, arid country; distribution bounded by 100 mm summer isohyet.


Seeds and invertebrates.


Nests on bare ground in shallow depression; clutch of 3 brown eggs, marked with irregular black spots; incubation period c.28 days; young precocial and nidifugous.


With a large range and no evidence of significant population decline, this species’ conservation status is of Least Concern.