January 16, 2016 – Red-capped Plover, Red-Capped Dotterel, Red-Capped Sandplover, Red-Necked Dotterel, or Sand Lark (Charadrius ruficapillus)

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Found in Australia, these plovers are not migratory, but may move between coastal areas and inland wetlands. They eat mollusks, crustaceans, and some plants, foraging by sight while running along the shore. Their nests are shallow scrapes near water where both parents care for the chicks. During incubation, which is performed mostly by females, they sometimes wet their feathers before sitting on the eggs to regulate temperature. As in other plover species, parents may attempt to distract predators away from the nest, often by dragging a wing to appear injured.

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