Elseyornis melanops (CHARADRIIDAE) Black-fronted Dotterel


Small wader with a distinctive black face mask and breast band. Legs are pink-orange. Eyes are ringed with red. Bill is orange with a black tip. Underbelly is white. Its back and wings are mottled chestnut brown and creamy brown. Found in the shallow margins of wetlands, lakes, rivers, storm drains and marshes, always near fresh water. Eats small molluscs as well as aquatic and terrestrial insects. Forages in a series of short running motions, holding the body horizontal, stopping to peck from time to time with a rapid bobbing motion.
Photo: Derek Boddington