Southern New Zealand dotterel

Image: James Reardon | ©


Watch videos, read blog posts by DOC staff, and check out the latest news about NZ dotterel/tūturiwhatu and DOC's work with these species.

Dotterel in the news

Media releases and other news about DOC's work with NZ dotterel/tūturiwhatu.

Blog posts

Read Conservation Blog posts about NZ dotterel/tūturiwhatu
DOC's Conservation Blog offers a behind-the-scenes look at our conservation work.

Dotterel videos

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.

Southern NZ dotterel. Photo: ©
The Southern New Zealand dotterel survives on Stewart Island and nests on mountain tops

Southern NZ dotterel. Photo: ©
The Southern New Zealand dotterel's population is about 250 birds

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