Black-fronted Dotterel, Guttersnipe, Sandpiper (error).
Small wader with a Y-shaped breast band, red bill and horizontal posture.
Adult: The back is light brown varyingly streaked with darker brown. The underparts are white from the chin right through to the vent, broken by a Y-shaped black breast band. The head has a brown crown and a broad black band from the lores through the eye to the nape, above and below which is white. The bill is red with a black tip. The legs are cream to dull pinkish-orange.
Juvenile: Similar to the adult, but no breast band, the head is browner than the adult, the bill pale and the legs paler.
This species has a Australia-wide inland distribution using all sorts of freshwater wetlands. Shallow ponds, floodwaters and margins of rivers. Its occurrence might be greater than thought because of man-made dams and water sources.
Resident species. Any movement seems to be local. It might be seen to flock in non-breeding times.
Usually a scrape in gravel or shingle areas close to water. 2-3 are usually laid. The season can depend
No immediate threats. Widely distributed. Estimated at 17,000+.
Red-kneed Dotterel: This bird is larger and a complete black crown. Its band is not Y-shaped. The legs are red. The upperparts are brown.
Red-necked Stint: This species is smaller, streaked brown and should not be confused.