Red-kneed Dotterel

Sula sula rubripes

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

ERYCIN

ITIS

Egg Color:

Yellow-white



Number of Eggs:

4



Incubation Days:

30



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

Nest is built under a bush or in a shallow scrape at the edge of a wetland. They occasionally use other species old nests.



Nest Material:

Grass



Migration:

Most do not migrate



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General

Red-kneed Dotterel: Small to medium plover with black head, white throat, black breast and upper flanks that grade into chestnut on lower flanks. Rest of underparts white. Bronze-brown back and wings. Medium, red-pink bill with black tip. Medium wings with black-brown primaries and white trailing edge. Short, white, slightly rounded tail with bronze-brown central feathers. Fairly long legs and feet, upper part pink-red, lower part black-gray. Feeds on insects and other aquatic invertebrates.

Breeding and Nesting

Red-kneed Dotterel: Four yellow-white eggs with brown markings are laid in a shallow scrape on the ground at the edge of a wetland. The nest is often built under a bush and is sometimes lined with grass. It can also use old nests of other species. Both sexes incubate the eggs for about a month.

Foraging and Feeding

Red-kneed Dotterel: Feeds on a variety of aquatic insects and invertebrates. Forages by probing the muddy bottom and edges of shallow water with its bill. It also picks food items off of the water and the surface of the mud.

Vocalization

Red-kneed Dotterel: Call is a high-pitched, rapid "wit-wit-wit" repetition.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X