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Rufous-chested Dotterel
Charadrius modestus

Local Name: Dotterel

Breeding Range: Falklands & southern South America
Length: 22cm.
Falklands Population: ~10,000 breeding pairs
World Population: unknown

The Rufous-chested Dotterel is very common throughout the Falklands. It is often seen feeding on mud-flats and estuaries alongside Two-banded Plovers and White-rumped Sandpipers, but is equally at home further inland feeding on heath and grassland where it generally prefers to nest.

Two eggs are laid in a simple hollow amongst vegetation from September onwards. Chicks leave the nest at an early age and feed themselves under the watchful eye of the adults.

Adults and chicks feed on a wide variety of invertebrates, from insects and burrowing larvae found in heath and grassland, to marine invertebrates taken from rockpools.

During the breeding season Rufous-chested Dotterels are readily identified by their chestnut breasts, but during the non-breeding season the birds are much drabber in appearance.


rufous chested dotterel
Rufous-chested Dotterel
Charadrius modestus

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