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Red-kneed Dotterel - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Nora
Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, October 2007
Erythrogonys cinctus


Photo © by peterday
Magazine Rd Wetland, South Australia, Dec 2020
Photo © by Ken Doy
Kianawah Road, Queensland, May 2017

17–19·5 cm (6½-7¾ in)

  • Black cap
  • White throat
  • Black breastband
  • Greyish-brown of back
  • Chestnut flank stripe
  • White belly and vent
  • Black upperwing with white trailing edge
  • Red upper leg
  • Red bill with dark tip


Southern New Guinea and Australia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


They are to be found in inland wetlands, such as swamps, lakes and creeks.



They probe the mud for snails, crustaceans, spiders, a variety of insects and their larvae; also some seeds.


Photo © by peterday
Bowra Station, Queensland, Australia, October 2015

Ground nesters, they sometimes utilise nests of other birds such as Hoary-headed Grebes. The clutch consists of 4 cream eggs, which are lined, speckled or blotched.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2017)
  4. Wikipedia

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