Hooded Plover Thinornis cucullatus
(aka Hooded Dotterel Thinornis rubricollis)
Hooded Plover, Southport, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image Tasmania, Australia
February 2006

The Hooded Plover is endemic to south-western and south-eastern Australia including Tasmania. It is found mainly on sandy beaches where it feeds on insects, shellfish, seeds etc., that it finds at the water's edge.

Hooded Plover, Southport, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image It breeds on the beaches above high water mark which makes it vulnerable to predators and human disturbance. According to HBW, 81% of nests at the Coorong were crushed by 4WD vehicles in the season 1985-6. For this reason and others, the species is classified as Near Threatened by Birdlife International.
Hooded Plover, Southport, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image It is a smallish plover with a black head and throat and a white collar round the back of the neck. It has a red eye-ring and a red bill with black tip.
Hooded Plover, Southport, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
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