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Rufous-chested Dotterel

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Alternative name: Rufous-chested Plover

Photo © by Rodrigo Reyes Mantagua, Region de Valparaiso, Chile, August 2006
Photo © by Rodrigo Reyes
Mantagua, Region de Valparaiso, Chile, August 2006
Charadrius modestus


[edit] Identification

Non-breedingPhoto © by Luis RSanto Domingo, Valparaiso, Chile, June 2018
Photo © by Luis R
Santo Domingo, Valparaiso, Chile, June 2018

19–22 cm (7½-8¾ in)

  • Bright white supercilium
  • Ashy-grey face, cheeks and throat
  • Rufous-red breast with black lower border
  • White belly

[edit] Distribution

Breeds in Tierra del Fuego and Falkland Islands; winters to southern Brazil. Extra-limital records in Brazil as far north as Rio de Janeiro.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Coastal moorland and dunes. Breeds mostly inland on short grass.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They feed at the water's edge on insects, larvae, crustaceans and molluscs. Also algae and other plant material.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. SIMPSON, R. & SIMPSON, E. 2010. Registro documentado da batuĂ­ra-de peito tijolo, Charadrius modestus (Charadriiformes: Charadriidae) em Paraty, Rio de Janeiro. Atualidades OrnitolĂłgicas, 162: 18-19.(Documented record of Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus (Charadriformes: Charadriidae) in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)

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