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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Dotterel

Hebrides bird sightings -  Dotterel
Hebrides bird sightings -  Dotterel Hebrides bird sightings -  Dotterel

Dotterel

(Eurasian Dotterel)

Charadrius morinellus

Gaelic : Amada-mòinellus

 

Photography © Terry Fountain
Lionacleit Machair - Benbecula - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
1st May, 2007

 

  • Dotterel
  • Charadrius morinellus
  • Gaelic : Amada-mòinellus
  • UK: 630 pairs in summer BTO
  • UK: Migrant breeder
  • WI: Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers each year)
  • Breeds: UK - Europe, Asia, Alaska
  • Winters: Mediterranean
  • Habitat: "High tops" grassland with stones, on (on migration mudflats)
  • Diet: Insects, small invertebrates & spiders (from under stones...)
  • Medium size plover. Adults mostly grey-brown upperparts, bright chestnut belly, a white chest band, throat and eyestripe, dark cap. Male stays on the nest & incubates the eggs. Female more bright in colour than male
  • Listen to a Dotterel (RSPB site)

 

Dotterel records in the Western Isles

Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers each year)
(Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report)

 

The chart below shows how abundant the Dotterel is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

Other local bird photographs

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