Story: Wading birds

New Zealand dotterel plumage

New Zealand dotterel plumage

During breeding (top), the breast of male and female New Zealand dotterels becomes red, and is especially bright in males. After breeding (bottom), the red gives way to white underneath.

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Reference: 10048690 (top); 10055988 (bottom)
Photographs by Peter Reese (top); Rosalind Cole (bottom)

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Gerard Hutching, 'Wading birds - Dotterels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9167/new-zealand-dotterel-plumage (accessed 19 October 2019)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015