Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Eurasian Dotterel (Eudromias morinellus)


French: Pluvier guignard German: Mornellregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlito carambolo

Charadrius Morinellus


, 1758,



Often placed in genus Charadrius, and earlier thought possibly quite closely related to some or all of C. asiaticus, C. veredus, C. montanus and C. modestus, but genetic data#R indicate that placement in separate monotypic genus is appropriate. Monotypic.


N Britain through Scandinavia and N Siberia to Chukotskiy Peninsula, and NE Kazakhstan and NW China (extreme NW Xinjiang) E through S Siberia and N Mongolia to SE Russia; irregularly in Pyrenees, Alps, Carpathians, and also sporadically elsewhere in Europe, Caucasus and NW Alaska, and even once on Spitsbergen. Winters in N Africa and Middle East E to W Iran.

Descriptive notes

20–22 cm; male 86–116 g, female 99–142 g; wingspan 57–64 cm. Bulky plover, with reversed sexual dimorphism in size and plumage; unmistakable in... read more


Mostly silent in winter and not especially vocal even in summer: usual calls a soft “pweet-... read more


Breeds on extensive open, flat uplands, mountain ridges and plateaux, with sparse vegetation of... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, mostly beetles (Coleoptera) and Diptera larvae, also adult Diptera, larvae of butterflies and moths, grasshoppers, crickets,... read more


Lays mid May to early Jul in Scotland (mean 23 May in N England), mid May to early Jun in C Norway, and from mid Jun in Sweden, Finnmark... read more


Migratory, in broad front across Europe, staging at a few, often traditional, sites. Many probably... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). However, predicted climate change now presents a potentially catastrophic threat to the species, as this and many other boreal... read more

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Eurasian Dotterel (Eudromias morinellus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2020).