Dotterel in the news
Media releases and other news about DOC's work with NZ dotterel/tūturiwhatu.
29 October 2018
To boost the population of rare and threatened bird species living in the Hurunui River, control work is starting this week to reduce the numbers of southern black backed gulls, which prey on threatened chicks and their nests.
Read Conservation Blog posts about NZ dotterel/tūturiwhatu
DOC's Conservation Blog offers a behind-the-scenes look at our conservation work.
Meet the Locals: dotterel
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.
New Zealand dotterel feeding (Te Ara Encyclopedia)
When the tide is too high for New Zealand dotterels to feed in the intertidal zone, they often move higher up the beach, picking sandhoppers and other insects from the sand.
The Southern New Zealand dotterel survives on Stewart Island and nests on mountain tops
The Southern New Zealand dotterel's population is about 250 birds