French: Vanneau tricolore German: Schwarzbandkiebitz Spanish: Avefría tricolor
Other common names:
“Terres Australes” = New South Wales, Australia
Australia (S of c. 20° S) and Tasmania.
25–29 cm; 140–216 g; wingspan 61–67 cm. Only large plover in Australia except even larger and longer-legged V. miles, which has all-white breast,... read more
Gives a strident “kew-kew, kew-kew” and in alarm a querulous “er-chill-char, er-... read more
Prefers open, short and sparse grassland, including pastures, airfields and open savanna in semi-... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes seeds, leaves, molluscs, worms, insects and spiders; seems to have a high vegetable content, especially seeds. Many stomachs... read more
Laying year-round, depending on rains, but frequently Jun–Nov; often breeds opportunistically, e.g after rains; in Western Australia... read more
Generally resident with some erratic or nomadic movements, apparently dependent on water and food... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population reckoned to number c. 27,000 individuals, but overall numbers in E of range apparently declined during the period... read more
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