PORT PHILLIP BAY


Red-kneed Dotterel 

Erythrogonys cinctus

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Charadriiformes
Family:
Charadriidae
Genus:
Erythrogonys
Species:
cinctus

General Description

Upper body and wings brown, underparts white. Head, back of neck and breast are black, throat white. Upper leg red, lower leg brown-grey. Bill red, black at the tip. Body up to 19 cm long.

Biology

Red-kneed Dotterels feed on aquatic insects and seeds. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the young.

Habitat

Open wetlands, coastal bays and inlets.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia, excluding Tasmania.

Species Group

Birds Plovers and dotterels

Max Size

19 cm

Diet

Omnivore

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, Red-kneed Dotterel, Erythrogonys cinctus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7954

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