French: Pluvier de Nouvelle-Zélande German: Chathamregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo de las Chatham
Other common names:
J. F. Gmelin
Dusky Sound, South Island, New Zealand
Chatham Is: breeds on Rangatira I (South East I), off Pitt I; recently extinct Western Reefs, off Chatham I; birds recently translocated from Rangatira to Mangere I have led to establishment of a small breeding population on latter island#R. Formerly probably in South I and possibly North I, New Zealand; captive-reared birds released on some N New Zealand islands.
c. 20 cm; 52–69 g. Distinctive small, chubby plover, with proportions not unlike Arenaria interpres; black head, except grey-brown crown encircled by white... read more
Quite vocal. Most-frequently heard call a loud, ringing “kleet”, “peep” or “splew”, which in... read more
Rocky shores with extensive wave-cut platforms containing shallow tidal pools, sometimes covered... read more
Food and feeding
Small crustaceans (e.g. copepods), spiders, gastropods, bivalves and insects of rocky shores; takes Hemiptera, caterpillars and larvae on... read more
Lays mid-Oct to Dec, with replacement clutches until Jan; breeding synchronized amongst pairs in same area. Monogamous on long-term basis.... read more
Sedentary; local movements of small flocks in non-breeding season. Juveniles very mobile... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Considered Critically Endangered by the New Zealand authorities. Total population in 1993 was c. 130 birds, including 43–44 breeding pairs, then 94 pairs in... read more
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