French: Pluvier à double collier German: Doppelband-Regenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo bicinchado
Jardine and Selby, 1827,
New South Wales, Australia.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. b. bicinctus
Jardine & Selby, 1827 – New Zealand and Chatham Is; winters to S & E Australia, Tasmania, Norfolk I and Lord Howe I; also uncommon visitor in New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji.
C. b. exilis
Falla, 1978 – Auckland Is (Adams and Enderby; formerly on Auckland).
18–21 cm; nominate 47–76 g, exilis 78–89 g (n = 4); wingspan 37–42 cm. Small, chubby, upright plover; narrow upper breastband black... read more
Most-frequently heard call a strident “pit!”, with slightly less emphatic variations, “chit” or “... read more
Usually breeds inland on dry, open, firm banks of sand, gravel or shingle in wide rivers; at high... read more
Food and feeding
Molluscs, insects (e.g. larvae of chironomids and other flies and beetles, also caterpillars), crustaceans (e.g. isopods and small crabs),... read more
Lays Aug–Dec in lowlands; mid-Sept (or mid-Aug) to mid-Dec, mostly Oct, in higher areas. Seasonally monogamous, sometimes into second... read more
Nominate race partially migratory, the only plover that migrates from New Zealand to Australia;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread in New Zealand; total population estimated at 50,000 birds, of which c. 30,000 winter in Australia, and more than 4000 on... read more
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