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Inland Dotterel

Charadrius australis

The Inland Dotterel is a striking dry-land wader bird. It is seen in all months of the year, usually in small flocks and in open habitat country, particularly gibber plains.

These birds are well known to locals who refer to them as suicide birds due to their unfortunate habit of roosting during the night in the middle of major thoroughfare roads. Nevertheless, they are beautifully adapted to the arid zone and are commonly seen.

When disturbed the Inland Dotterel flies a short distance on long pointed wings before landing and scurrying off, ducking here and there behind bushes as it goes.

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Inland Dotterel
Inland Dotterel
Photo - Philip Gee

 

 

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