April 15, 2015 – Hooded Plover or Hooded Dotterel (Thinornis rubricollis)

Requested by: boscomule

These plovers are found on sandy ocean beaches and around salt lakes in southern Australia. They eat insects, crustaceans, mollusks, plants, and seeds, often foraging for invertebrates in seaweed. They are territorial and nest in scrapes lined with seaweed, small rocks, and sticks. The chicks leave the nest within a day or two of hatching. They are classified as Vulnerable due to disturbance of their breeding habitat, predation from foxes, gulls, and ravens, and habitat degradation.