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30â€“37 cm (11Â¾-14Â½ in)
Northern subspecies (V. m. miles) has an all white neck and long facial wattles
There are 2 subspecies:
V. m. novaehollandiae became self introduced to Southland, New Zealand in the 1930s spreading throughout New Zealand, where it is known as the Spur-winged Plover, leading to confusion with the species from the Northern Hemisphere which has the same name.
Wetlands and in other moist, open environments.
Their diet mainly consists of items such as molluscs, worms, millepedes, centipedes, insects and crustaceans. They will also take frogs, leaves and seeds on occasion.
They lay their eggs in a ground scrape.
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