Red-kneed Dotterel

Sula sula rubripes

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

ERYCIN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Red-kneed Dotterel has a large breeding range of 5,110,000 square kilometers. It occurs in wetland habitats in much of Australia as well as southern New Guinea, and occurs as a vagrant to Palau. Although the global population for the Red-kneed Dotterel has not been estimated, it is believed to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Red-kneed Dotterel: Small to medium plover. Black head, white throat, black breast and upper flanks grade into chestnut on lower flanks. Rest of underparts white. Bronze-brown back and wings. Medium, red-pink bill with black tip. Long legs, upper part pink-red, lower part black-gray. Sexes similar, juvenile like adult but brown on head and breast.

 

Range and Habitat

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Red-kneed Dotterel SONGS AND CALLS

Red-kneed Dotterel BB1

Call is a high-pitched, rapidly repeated "wit-wit-wit".

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Voice Text

"wit-wit-wit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Red-kneed Dotterels are native to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. It was in New South Wales, Australia in 1838 that they were first described by the ornithologist John Gould. They are a vagrant in Tasmania, Palau and New Zealand.
  • They are gregarious birds and associate with other wading birds of its own and different species. They are nomadic and tend to wander.
  • This species is nomadic and can sometimes be irruptive. This means that it is prone to large population explosions.
  • A group of dotterels is collectively known as a "trip" of dotterels.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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