(Charadriidae; Ϯ Shore Plover T. novaeseelandiae) Gr. θις this, θινος thinos  beach; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "THINORNIS.  Bill long, slender, scarcely swollen at the apex, which is acute; the nostrils lateral, basal, placed in a nasal groove that extends for two-thirds of the bill.  Wings long, pointed, and with the first and second quill nearly equal and longest.  Tail long and rounded.  Tarsi as long as, or shorter than, the middle toe, and strong.  Toes long, strong, united at the base and margined on the sides, the hind toe wanting.  These birds differ from Hiaticula, in the length and slenderness of their bills, and in the strength and shortness of their tarsi, and also in the strength of their toes.   THINORNIS ROSSII.  ...  A single specimenof this bird was brought by the Expedition from Auckland Island.  THINORNIS NOVÆ SEELANDIÆ.  ... "Habitat ad ostia rivulorum et littora maris glareosa in insula australi Novæ Zeelandiæ in Portu Obscuro." Forst." According to Forster's drawing it is called by the natives Doodooroo attoo, and was found at Queen Charlotte's Bay. Mr. Percy Earl found a pair of this, what he terms very rare, species, on the coast between Tairi and Otago, South Island. It was called by the natives Kukuruatu. (G. Gray 1845); "Thinornis G. R. Gray, Voy. 'Erebus' and 'Terror,' Bds., 1845, p. 11. Type, by monotypy, Thinornis rossii G. R. Gray = Charadrius novae-seelandiae Gmelin." (Peters 1934, II, 257).

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 13 December 2018).