Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)


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

Erythrogonys cinctus


, 1838,

New South Wales, Australia




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


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


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


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


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. & Bonan, A. (2019). 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 on 19 May 2019).