The inland dotterel (Charadrius australis) also known as the Australian dotterel and sometimes placed in the monotypic genus Peltohyas, 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.
With a large range and no evidence of significant population decline, this species’ conservation status is of Least Concern.
- BirdLife species factsheet for Charadrius australis
- Marchant, S.; Higgins, P.J.; & Davies, J.N. (eds). (1994). Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Volume 2: Raptors to Lapwings. Oxford University Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0-19-553069-1
- National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. (1987). The Shorebirds of Australia. Angus & Robertson: Sydney. ISBN 0-207-15348-5
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