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Black-fronted Dotterel

Black-fronted Dotterel standing in shallow wetland with full body reflection in water

Scientific Name: Elseyornis melanops

Size: 16 to 18 cm

What does it look like?

When observed the Black-fronted Dotterel is easily identified by its white underparts and distinct black Y-shaped band which extends across the chest, around to the base of the neck and through the eye to the forehead (this may be absent in younger birds). Its bill is orange-red, tipped with black, and it has a conspicuous orange ring around the eye.

Where is it found?

This small wader is a breeding resident in Australia. It is common throughout the Australian mainland and Tasmania.

What are its habitats & habits?

It inhabits the margins of lakes, swamps and dams, where it feeds on insects, crustaceans and some seeds. Usually in pairs or small groups, it is an active feeder, but its cryptic mottled brown and black upperparts provide excellent camouflage when nesting or at rest.

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Front cover of Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots book showing a picture of an Eastern Spinebill

This species features in my book Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots

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