New Zealand dotterel showing breeding plumage
The New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu is an endangered species found only in this country. It was once widespread and common but there are only about 1700 birds left. This serious decline in numbers is due to a combination of habitat loss, predation by introduced mammals and disturbance during breeding.
View a brochure:New Zealand dotterels/tūturiwhatu pukunui in the Bay of Islands area (PDF, 748K)
Did you know that there are only about 1700 New Zealand dotterel left in the wild? Find out more about this small wading bird.
Because NZ dotterel nests are mere scrapings in the sand, their eggs and chicks are vulnerable to predation, storms, off-road vehicles and even careless feet.
Learn about conservation efforts to protect the NZ dotterel, including the Opoutere Dotterel Project and the NZ Dotterel Partnership Watch.
There are numerous ways to help with conservation efforts to save the NZ dotterel.
The programme is a partnership between DOC, Newmont Waihi Gold and local volunteers on the Coromandel Peninsula.
New Zealand dotterels are now one of our rarest birds due to their love of coastal habitat which in summer happens to be the favourite playground of many people, not to mention introduced predators.
Listen to or download a recording of New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu song.
New Zealand Birds Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand birds
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