Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)


Taxonomy

French: Pluvier ceinturé German: Schwarzbrust-Regenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlito pechinegro
Taxonomy:

Erythrogonys cinctus

Gould

, 1838,

New South Wales, Australia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Extreme S New Guinea and Australia.

Descriptive notes

17–19·5 cm; 35–77 g; wingspan 33–38 cm. Medium-sized, boldly patterned wader; black cap contrasts with white throat; black breastband and middle... read more

Voice

Gives a low rolling trill, “prr prip-prip” in flight, display or threat, while in alarm an... read more

Habitat

Inland wetlands, including swamps, lakes, creeks, and various kinds of man-made waterbodies and... read more

Food and feeding

Snails, bivalves, crustaceans, spiders, all sorts of insects and their larvae, and seeds. Feeds diurnally, gleaning and probing along muddy... read more

Breeding

Lays in summer, autumn or early winter after heavy rains, usually (Jul) Aug–Dec (Jan). Occurs in flocks before breeding; breeds... read more

Movements

Generally resident, showing erratic movements, which perhaps reach as far afield as S New Guinea;... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, with estimated population of at least c. 26,000, but probably more. Numbers have increased in SE coastal region since... read more

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/53816 on 23 November 2017).