PORT PHILLIP BAY


Black-fronted Dotterel 

Elseyornis melanops

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Charadriiformes
Family:
Charadriidae
Genus:
Elseyornis
Species:
melanops

General Description

Upper body light brown with pale streaks, underparts white with a black "V" shape patch on the breast. Black stripe through eye, red circle around the eye. Bill red, black at the tip. Body up to 16 cm long.

Biology

These birds stalk their prey by standing still and then chasing small insects, molluscs and crustaceans as they move past.

Habitat

Open freshwater wetlands and muddy shores.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia.

Species Group

Birds Plovers and dotterels

Max Size

16 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Black-fronted Dotterel, Elseyornis melanops, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7933

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