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: Peltohyas
Sharpe, 1896
Species: P. australis
Binomial name
Peltohyas australis
Gould, 1841

Charadrius australis

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


This bird has an unmistakable plumage pattern. Its upperparts are generally buff, mottled with dark brown. The face is pale but marked by a vertical black band crossing eye and fore-crown. The underparts are generally buff and white, marked with distinctive black "Y" on breast, which forms a collar on hind-neck, and is joined to a black band on belly separating the white lower belly from the rich buff lower breast and flanks.

This bird measures 19–23 cm (7.5–9.1 in)in length, has a wingspan of 43–47 cm (17–19 in), and weighs 80 g (2.8 oz).

Its call sounds like quick.[3]


This species is endemic to the southern and central arid zones of mainland Australia.


The inland dotterel is found in open, arid country; its distribution is bounded by 100 mm summer isohyet.


This species feeds on seeds and invertebrates.[3]


The nest is built on bare ground in a shallow depression; the female produces a clutch of 3 brown eggs, marked with irregular black spots which are incubated for a period about 28 days. When the parent leaves the nest, it covers the eggs with soil.[3] The young are precocial and nidifugous.


With a large range and no evidence of significant population decline, this species’ conservation status is of Least Concern.[1]


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