French: Pluvier anarhynque German: Schiefschnabel Spanish: Chorlitejo piquituerto
Quoy and Gaimard
Hauraki Gulf, North Island, New Zealand
New Zealand: breeds in C South I (Canterbury and Otago riverbeds); winters mainly in N North I.
20–21 cm; 43–68 g. Rather plump, greyish plover with conspicuous long bill curved to the right; male has black frontal bar and breastband. Female has duller,... read more
Gives a somewhat Charadrius hiaticula-like “weet” or “peep”, while flocks occasionally... read more
Breeds inland on large braided rivers, occupying large bare beds of shingle and sand, with... read more
Food and feeding
During breeding season takes aquatic invertebrates, including flatworms, annelids, gastropods, mites, spiders, and eggs, larvae, pupae and... read more
Lays late Aug to late Oct, with second clutch late Oct to late Dec. Monogamous on long-term basis. Solitary; holds vigorously defended... read more
Migratory. Moves from breeding grounds in C South I to mudflats of estuaries and harbours on N end... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Hunted prior to 1940; after hunting ceased, population increased, but stabilized by early 1960s, with c. 5000 birds. In 1994, total of 5111 birds counted, with c... read more
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