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The Alexandra Black-fronted Dotterels: 1982/83 season

  • Publication Type

    Journal Article

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  • Author(s)

    Child, P., Child, M.

  • Journal Name


  • Volume, Issue

    31, 1

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black-fronted dotterel, Charadrius melanops, breeding biology, nesting success, behaviour

The Alexandra Black-fronted Dotterels: 1982/83 season

Notornis, 31 (1), 31-39

Child, P., Child, M. (1984)

Article Type: Paper



In the 1982/83 season 13 adults of the Black-fronted Dotterel were again found on the Manuherikia riverbed near Alexandra, the same number as in the previous season. Details of breeding case-histories for five pairs are given. Breeding success was very low because of predation and atypical persistent flooding throughout the season – which was also a very extended one, lasting from territorial occupancy in October to final fledging in April. The incubation period is not less than 23 days and is likely to average about 26. Some details of eggs, nests and territories, as well as some aspects of behaviour, are described.