Shore Plover, Shore Dotterel
Thinornis novaeseelandiae by Marti Millington(8 in. x 8 in. | Acrylic | ID#4219)
Family: CHARADRIIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: stable
The shore plover (Thinornis novaeseelandiae), also known as the shore dotterel or by its Māori name of tuturuatu, is a small plover endemic to New Zealand. Once found all around the New Zealand coast, it is now restricted to a few offshore islands. It is one of the world's rarest shorebirds, with a population of roughly 175 (as of 2016) including 70 breeding pairs. Intensive management has gradually reduced the risk of extinction; birds now breed at four sites in the wild, but have proved very vulnerable to predator incursions.
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