BANDED DOTTEREL Charadrius bicinctus

A common breeder in New Zealand, where it often shares its nesting areas with Black Stilt and Wrybill, most of this species migrate to Eastern Australia in the non-breeding season, a unique migration pattern for a wader. Two of these photos show Auckland Island birds, a larger subspecies which may be a potential split, since it is also sedentary; the whole population of some 150-200 birds merely moves down from the higher breeding areas to a reef in the north of the islands.

Click on the photo to return to "waders" or here for HOMEPAGE