Northern New Zealand dotterelTūturiwhatu

Conservation status
In some trouble

Like us, northern New Zealand dotterels love to spend their time at the beach. You may see them foraging on sandspits and sandy beaches, but their nests won't be so obvious. Breeding birds are often disturbed by humans and their dogs, vehicles, and stock, which crush eggs and chicks. Sometimes, dotterel mums and dads will try to distract intruders from their nest by performing ‘rat runs’ or pretending they’re injured. When you're at the beach this summer, look out for markers like seaweed and driftwood, and give these russet-hued beach babes some space! 

Campaign Manager

Amaryllis Kint

Amaryllis Kint

The Northern New Zealand Dotterel is a hardy little bird that roams the Aotearoa seaside, floofy and free. With creative quirks like building nests in the sand and trotting across the dunes, this winged wanderer is a favorite among all. Let's give our beach-loving bird the win, right on time and right on the dot!  #onthedot

Northern New Zealand dotterel

Credit - Michele McKenzie