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Inland Dotterel
(Charadrius australis)

Arrernte name: Ntyerlpenye
(General word for all dotterels and pipits)
Pronounced: n-jil-pin-ya

Unlike other similar related birds, this dotterel is rarely near water, preferring the arid stony, dry desert country, the gibber plains, claypans and bare ground with its sparse vegetation. The Inland Dotterel is able to get water from succulent saltbush leaves and with its large eyes, it forages for insect at night.

The Inland Dotterel covers its eggs with soil when leaving the nest, probably to hide the eggs and to protect them from the intense desert sun.

Inland Dotterel

Inland Dotterel (Charadrius australis)

Inland Dotterel (Charadrius australis)

Inland Dotterel (Charadrius australis)

Inland Dotterel (Charadrius australis)

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