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Photo © by Hans & Judy Beste
South West Queensland, Australia, October 2016
Vanellus tricolor


25–29 cm (9¾-11½ in)

  • Broad black breast band
  • White throat
  • Grey-brown upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Black cap
  • Broad white eye-stripe
  • Yellow eye-ring and bill
  • Small red wattle over the bill
  • Pinkish-grey legs

Juveniles: have brown instead of black plumage

Photo © by Tannin
Shark Bay area, Western Australia, December 2004


Southern Australia and Tasmania.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Low scrub, open country with short grass, dry dusty plains, agricultural paddocks and arid coastal scrub



The diet consists of insects, worms, spiders, molluscs, snails, slugs also seeds and weeds.


The nest is a ground scrape, lined with dry grass; the eggs are speckled. Laying time depends on the rains, so whist generally June to November, they could breed at other times too.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birds in Backyards
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)

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