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Eurasian Dotterel

From Opus

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


[edit] Identification

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

[edit] Distribution

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

Photo by steenlMaasvlakte, the Netherlands, September 2005
Photo by steenl
Maasvlakte, the Netherlands, September 2005

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] 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.

[edit] Habitat

Tundra and mountain areas; winters in semi desert.

[edit] Behaviour

JuvenilePhoto by Chris UpsonLandguard, Suffolk, September 2008
Photo by Chris Upson
Landguard, Suffolk, September 2008

[edit] Breeding

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

[edit] References

  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
  2. Wikipedia

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