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Eurasian Dotterel - BirdForum Opus

Photo by IanF
Danby Beacon, North Yorkshire Moors, UK, May 2009
Charadrius morinellus


  • Chestnut breast
  • White border above
  • Black belly
  • Brown back
  • White supercilium
  • Yellow legs
  • Short black bill
  • Female brighter than male


Breeds in western Alaska and northern Palearctic; winters northern Africa to western Iran.

Photo by steenl
Maasvlakte, the Netherlands, September 2005


This is a monotypic species[1].

Eudromias vs. Charadrius

Some authorities (Sibley & Monroe, 1996) place Eurasian Dotterel (morinellus) in the monotypic genus Eudromias. However, Clements (2007) and Howard & Moore (2003) place it within Charadrius and the Opus follows in this consensus.


Tundra and mountain areas; winters in semi desert.


Photo by Chris Upson
Landguard, Suffolk, September 2008


The nest is a bare ground scrape. Two to four eggs are incubated by the male who also cares for the young.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Wikipedia

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