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Red-kneed Dotterel

(Erythrogonys cinctus)
Alternate name(s): Misnomer: "Sandpiper*"
Size: 17-20 cm; wing span 33-38 cm
Weight: 40-55 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red-kneed Dotterel at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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ADULT

Frontal view of a Red-kneed Dotterel
[Near Wanaaring , NSW, September 2012]

Lateral view of a Red-kneed Dotterel
[Near Wanaaring , NSW, September 2012]

Lateral view of a Red-kneed Dotterel foraging in shallow water
[Near Wanaaring , NSW, September 2012]

Dorsal view of a Red-kneed Dotterel
[Near Wanaaring , NSW, September 2012]

Pair of Red-kneed Dotterels
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, September 2007]

Pair of Red-kneed Dotterels wading in shallow water (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Game of "catch me if you can" (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Red-kneed Dotterel in shallow water, next to an immature Black-winged Stilt (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Lateral view of a Red-kneed Dotterel in flight, giving a clear view of its underwing pattern (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Near-dorsal view of a Red-kneed Dotterel in flight, giving a clear view of its upperwing pattern (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Lateral view of a Red-kneed Dotterel in flight, giving a clear view of its upperwing pattern (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Red-kneed Dotterels in flight (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Distant view of a Red-kneed Dotterel taking a bath
[O'Brien's Creek, Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2013]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Immature Red-kneed Dotterel
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, September 2007]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Sep - Dec Eggs: 2 - 5 Incubation period: 25 - 26 days Fledging age: N/A

The breeding season depends on geographical latitude and on weather conditions. In the tropical North they usually breed during the dry season. Given the right circumstances, Black-fronted Dotterels, in principle, can breed any time of the year. Chicks are precocials and will leave the nest very soon after hatching.

Nest building: N/A Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Scrape Material: Sandy or rocky soil Height above ground: N/A

Red-kneed Dotterel nest with 4 eggs (photo courtesy of D. Johnston)
[Macquarie Marshes NP, NSW, 1980ies]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 30 x 21 mm Colour: Heavily speckled Shape: Tapered oval

Red-kneed Dotterels (see also Black-fronted Dotterel eggs for comparison!) have the ability to adapt the colour of their eggs to the surroundings of the nest/scrape.

Red-kneed Dotterel egg colour adaptation to wetland fringe with aquatic plants (photo courtesy of D. Johnston)
[Macquarie Marshes NP, NSW, 1980ies]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

redkdot_20141109.mp3 (NW NSW) Contact call © MD

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