Eurasian Dotterel

Charadrius morinellus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4

EUDO

Code 6

CHAMOR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Eurasian Dotterel is currently evaluated as Least Concern. The range of the Eurasian Dotterel is about 10 million square kilometers. The large population of this bird species is estimated to be about 200,000 individual birds. This is a terrestrial bird that is native to portions of Europe and Asia. The Least Concern rating is downgraded from a prior rating of Lower Risk that was issued in 2000. At this time, the population and range of the Eurasian Dotterel is stable enough for there to be no serious concern regarding possible population decline in the near future.

SUMMARY

Overview

Eurasian Dotterel: Medium-sized shorebird with gray upperparts, rust-brown flanks and belly with black lower margin, and white vent. Narrow white breast band is prominent. Cap is dark and two white eyestripes meet in a V at nape. Feet and legs are yellow. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Eurasian Dotterel: This species is a native of Eurasia. It occurs occasionally in northwestern Alaska during summer months, and has also been recorded along the Pacific Coast to southern California. Nests on plateaus and mountain slopes below highest tops; prefers dry sandy or stony areas on high plateaus during winter.

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Eurasian Dotterel SONGS AND CALLS

Eurasian Dotterel P1

Call is a soft, rapid "prreet-prreet-prreet".

Eurasian Dotterel P2

Alarm calls from a male.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"pweet-pweet-pweet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Eurasian Dotterel has long been considered tame and unsuspecting. This led to it being easy prey for illegal collection, causing a population decrease.
  • A consequence of the friendly and trusting nature of this bird has caused the name 'dotterel' in English to carry a negative connotation. The term is a contemptuous label used to describe somebody who is considered to be a doting old fool.
  • They obtain their diet of insects and small invertebrates by using a run-and-pause technique, rather than the steady probing of some other wader groups.
  • A group of dotterels are collectively known as a "trip" of dotterel.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
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Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
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