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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
Conservation status
WAPriority Four
IUCNNear Threatened
NSWCritically Endangered

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The Hooded Dotterel is medium in size for a plover, stocky, and pale in color. Its length is 190���230 mm (7.5���9.1 in) and its wing-span 230���440 mm (9.1���17 in). It has a black hood and throat with a white collar. Its red bill has a black tip. It has a red eye ring and orange legs. Underparts are white. ... source: Wikipedia

Plovers are small to medium-sized shorebirds with short bills, large eyes and rounded heads. The Hooded Plover is a medium-sized, stocky, pale-coloured plover, 19 - 23 cm in length with a wing-span of 26 - 44 cm. It is unmistakable in having a prominent black hood and throat, a white collar, and a contrasting black-tipped red bill, a red eye-ring and short orange legs. ... source: Office of Environment and Heritage

Online resources

Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness - Sightings
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Australian Museum provider for OZCAM
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Birds in Backyards
Distribution, Habitat, Diet, Reproduction, Similar Species, Distribution Map
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Citizen Science
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Encyclopedia of Life
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Flickr EOL
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Museum Victoria provider for OZCAM
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OZ Animals
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Office of Environment and Heritage
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Description, Distribution, Reference, Images, Occurrence record

Species Lists

Birds of Western Australia
Common name: Hooded Plover
Family: Charadriidae
Birds Australia Sensitive Species List
Queensland : Conservation Status
taxonId: 19465
Kingdom: animals
Class: birds
Family: Charadriidae
scientificNameAuthorship: (Gmelin, 1789)
status: Least concern wildlife
sourceStatus: Least concern wildlife
QLD_NCA_status: C
QLD_NCA_status_description: Least concern wildlife
EPBC_status: V
EPBC_status description: Vulnerable
Significant: Y
Endemicity: VU
Endemicity_description: Vagrant - origin not defined
Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Black head, white nape, red ring around eye.
Description : Upper body brown-grey, underparts white. Head black, back of neck black with a wide white patch. Red ring around eye. Body up to 23 cm long.
Biology : Hooded Plovers are locally nomadic; they do not migrate to other countries. They feed on insects, crabs and small bivalve molluscs. There are two subspecies of Hooded Plover, both of which are threatened.
Habitat: Ocean sandy beaches and coastal lakes.
Native status: Native to Australia
Diet: Carnivore
Colours: grey white black
Distribution: Southern mainland Australia and Tasmania.
Habitat types: Terrestrial
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Museum Victoria Sciences Staff / Museum Victoria
South Australia : Conservation Status
vernacular: Hooded Plover
status: Endangered
sourceStatus: Vulnerable
Western Australia ; Conservation status
vernacular: Hooded Plover
status: Near Threatened
sourceStatus: Priority Four
New South Wales : Conservation Status
vernacular: Hooded Plover
status: Critically Endangered
sourceStatus: Critically Endangered
Western Australia : Conservation Status / Sensitive Species Lists
Rank: P4
category: P4
Biological, ecological, conservation and legal information for all species and subspecies of Australian bird
genus: Thinornis
specificEpithet: cucullatus
infraspecificEpithet: NA
scientificName_CandB: Thinornis rubricollis
nameAccordingTo: Treated as polytypic contra Marchant and Higgins (1993), Dickinson and Remsen (2013) and del Hoyo et al. (2014). Treatment based on morphological differences between eastern and western populations (Bennett 2010; Marchant and Higgins 1993), significant ecological differences and demographic isolation across a well known ultrataxon geographic barrier - the Nullabour coast (Schodde and Mason 1999). Preliminary analysis also suggests significant genetic differentiation between eastern mainland and western mainland populations (Bennett 2010).
Family_vernacularName: Plovers, Dotterel and Lapwings
family: Charadriidae
order: Charadriiformes
taxonRank: species
Ultrataxon: 0
UltrataxaPerSpecies: 1
SpeciesPerGenus: 2
GeneraPerFamily: 11
FamiliesPerOrder: 17
SpeciesUniqueness: 13.9
UltrataxonUniqueness: NA
PatchClade: Charadrii
HackettFineClades: Waders, Allies
HackettCoarseClades: Waders, Allies
PopulationDescription: Endemic (entirely Australian)
establishmentMeans: Endemic (entirely Australian)
CoreTaxa: 1
Non-breedingPopulationsOfCoreTaxa: 0
Extinct: 0
Introduced: 0
Vagrant: 0
Supplementary: 0
EndemicEntirelyInAustralia: 1
EndemicBreedingOnly: 0
Non-breedingOnly: 0
PercentInAustraliaBreeding: 7
PercentInAustraliaNon-breeding: 7
GlobalIUCNStatus_2015: VU
GlobalIUCNCriteria_2015: C1
AustralianStatus_1990: LC
AustralianStatusCriteria_1990: NA
AustralianStatus_2000: NT
AustralianStatusCriteria_2000: C1
AustralianStatus_2010: VU
AustralianStatusCriteria_2010: C1
AustralianStatusJuly_2015: VU
AustralianStatusCriteriaJuly_2015: C1
EPBCStatusJuly_2015: not listed
EPBCYearListed: NA
BonnConvention: not listed
CAMBA: not listed
JAMBA: not listed
ROKAMBA: not listed
Migratory: not listed
EPBCMarine: 1
ACTStatus_2015: not listed
NSWStatus_2015: CR
NTStatus_2015: not listed
QLDStatus_2015: LC
SAStatus_2015: VU
TASStatus_2015: not listed
VICStatus_2015: Th
WAStatus_2015: priority
AustralianCapitalTerritory: not listed
NewSouthWales: Core
NorthernTerritory: not listed
Queensland: not listed
SouthAustralia: Core
Tasmania: Core
Victoria: Core
WesternAustralia: Core
NorfolkIsland: not listed
LordHoweIsland: not listed
HeardIsland: not listed
MacquarieIsland: not listed
ChristmasIsland: not listed
CocosKeelingIsland: not listed
AshmoreAndOtherIndianOceanIslands: not listed
CoralSea: not listed
AustralianFishingZone: 0
AlsoInPapuaNewGuinea: not listed
ConnectivityWithPapuaNewGuinea: NA
AlsoInIndonesia: not listed
ConnectivityWithIndonesia: NA
AlsoInTimor-Leste: not listed
ConnectivityWithTimor-Leste: NA
AlsoInNewZealand: not listed
ConnectivityWithNewZealand: NA
AlsoInNewCaledonia: not listed
ConnectivityWithNewCaledonia: NA
AustralianContinentalIslandOnly: 0
AustralianOceanicIslandOnly: 0
BodyLength: 21
BodyLengthMin: 19
BodyLengthMax: 23
BodyMassAverage: 98.5
BodyMassMin: 82.0
BodyMassMax: 135.0
MaleBodyMassAverage: 96.9
MaleBodyMassMin: 82.0
MaleBodyMassMax: 111.0
FemaleBodyMassAverage: 101.0
FemaleBodyMassMin: 88.0
FemaleBodyMassMax: 135.0
UnsexedBodyMassAverage: 100.0
UnsexedBodyMassMin: 79.0
UnsexedBodyMassMax: 110.0
SourceOfBodyMassData: HANZAB
BrainVolume: 1.13
BrainMass: 1.17
BrainMassResidual: -0.10
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialAridShrubland: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialChenopodShrubland: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialHeath: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialTriodiaHummockGrassland: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialOtherGrassland: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialMallee: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialTropicalSavannaWoodland: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialTemperateDrySclerophyllForestAndWoodland: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialTemperateWetSclerophyllForestAndWoodland: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialRainforest: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialMangroveTrees: 0
FeedingHabitatInlandWatersRiversAndStreams: 0
FeedingHabitatInlandWatersDeepOpenWater: 0
FeedingHabitat_Inland_waters_Shallow_open_water: 0
FeedingHabitatInlandWatersReedsAndTallWetGrassland: 0
FeedingHabitatInlandWatersLowMarshlandAndWetGrassland: 1
FeedingHabitatCoastalSandy: 1
FeedingHabitatCoastalRocky: 0
FeedingHabitatCoastalSoftMud: 0
FeedingHabitatCoastalSaltmarsh: 1
FeedingHabitatCoastalMangroveFloor: 0
FeedingHabitatMarineVeryColdPelagic: 0
FeedingHabitatMarineColdPelagic: 0
138FeedingHabitatMarineTemperatePelagic: 0
FeedingHabitatMarineWarmPelagic: 0
FeedingHabitatMarineColdInshore: 0
FeedingHabitatMarineTemperateInshore: 0
FeedingHabitatMarineWarmInshore: 0
FeedingHabitatOtherNon-AustralianHabitat: 0
FeedingHabitatAgriculturalLandscapes: 1
FeedingHabitatUrbanLandscapes: 0
BreedingHabitatAridShrubland: 0
BreedingHabitatChenopodShrubland: 0
BreedingHabitatHeath: 0
BreedingHabitatTriodiaHummockGrassland: 0
BreedingHabitatOtherGrassland: 0
BreedingHabitatMallee: 0
BreedingHabitatTropicalSavannaWoodland: 0
BreedingHabitatTemperateDrySclerophyllForestAndWoodland: 0
BreedingHabitatTemperateWetSclerophyllForestAndWoodland: 0
BreedingHabitatRainforest: 0
BreedingHabitatMangrove: 0
BreedingHabitatInlandWetland: 1
BreedingHabitatBeachesAndSandCays: 1
BreedingHabitatRockyCoastsAndIslets: 0
BreedingHabitatOtherNon-AustralianHabitats: 0
BreedingHabitatAgriculturalLands: 1
BreedingHabitatUrban: 0
FoodFruit: 0
FoodNectarOrPollen: 0
FoodSeeds: 0
FoodFoliageOrherbs: 0
FoodCormsOrtub: 0
FoodTerrestrial_invertebrates: 1
FoodTerrestrialVertebrates: 0
FoodCarrion: 0
FoodIntertidalInvertebrates: 1
FoodFishOrInvertebratesMarine: 0
FoodfishOrInvertebratesInlandWaters: 1
FeedingAggregationSolitary: 0
FeedingAggregationPairs: 1
FeedingAggregationFlocks: 1
MeanFlightInitiationDistance: NAV
ClutchSizeAverage: 2.6
ClutchSizeMin: 1
ClutchSizeMax: 4
EggLength: 36.9
EggDiameter: 29.7
NestLocationGroundLevel: 1
NestLocationSupported: 0
NestLocationHanging: 0
NestLocationBurrow: 0
NestLocationHollow: 0
NestLocationFloating: 0
NestAggregationSolitary: 1
NestAggregationColonial: 0
NestAggregationParasitic: 0
BreedingSystemCooperative: 0
NationalMovementLocalDispersal: 1
NationalMovementPartialMigrant: 0
NationalMovementTotalMigrant: 0
NationalMovementNomadicOropportunistic: 1
NationalMovementIrruptive: 0
NatureOfInternationalMovements: none
MixingBeyondAustralia: 0
LevelOfInternationalGeneticExchange: nil
LevelOfInternationalGeneticExchangeReliability: certain
MaximumTimeElapsedToRecapture: 6741
MaximumDistanceOfRecapture: 187
NumberOfBandedBirdsRecovered: 1656
ClimateSpecialisation: 1.22
SpecialisationIndex: 1.17
SensitivityIndex: 1.13
AreaOfSuitableClimateInsideRange: NA
AreaOfSuitableClimateOutsideRange: NA
PercentOfSuitableClimateCurrentlyInsideRange: NA
PercentOfSuitableClimateRemainingInsideRange: NA
InsideRange_10thPercentile: NA
InsideRange_90thPercentile: NA
PercentOfSuitableClimateRemainingOutsideRange: NA
OutsideRange_10thPercentile: NA
OutsideRange_90thPercentile: NA
ClimateModelFactorAnnualMeanTemperature: 21
ClimateModelFactorTemperatureSeasonality: 42
ClimateModelFactorMaxTemperatureOfWarmestMonth: 19
ClimateModelFactorMinTemperatureOfColdestMonth: 14
ClimateModelFactorAnnualPrecipitation: 1
ClimateModelFactorPrecipitationSeasonality: 0
ClimateModelFactorPrecipitationOfWettestQuarter: 2
ClimateModelFactorPrecipitationOfDriestQuarter: 1
MeanMarineProductivityAroundBreedingColonies: NA
MaximumMarineProductivityAroundBreedingColonies: NA
ChangeInMarineProductivityAroundBreedingColonies: NA
ChangeInMaximumMarineProductivityAroundBreedingColonies: NA
BirdLifeAustraliaSpeciesNumber: 138
BirdLifeAustraliaTaxonID: 138

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Thinornis rubricollis


Synonyms Source
Charadrius rubricollis Gmelin, 1789 Gmelin, 1789 Gmelin, 1789
Charadrius cucullatus Vieillot, 1818 Vieillot, 1818 Vieillot, 1818
Published in: Vieillot, L.P. 1818. Nouveau Dictionnaire d'Histoire Naturelle, appliquée aux arts, principalement à l'Agriculture, à l'Écomomie rurale et domestique, à la Médecine, etc. Par une société de naturalistes et d'agriculteurs. Nouvelle Édition Paris : Déterville Vol. 27
Charadrius monachus Wagler, 1827 Wagler, 1827 Wagler, 1827
Published in: Wagler, J.G. 1827. Systema Avium. Charadrius Stuttgart and Tubingen : J.G. Cottae
Charadrius cucullatus torbayi Mathews, 1912 Mathews, 1912 Mathews, 1912
Published in: Mathews, G.M. 1912. Additions and corrections to my Reference List to the Birds of Australia. Austral Avian Rec. Vol. 1 (2) pp. 25-52
Charadrius cucullatus tregellasi Mathews, 1912 Mathews, 1912 Mathews, 1912
Published in: Mathews, G.M. 1912. A Reference-List to the Birds of Australia. Novit. Zool. Vol. 18 pp. 171-455

Common Names

Common name Source
Hooded Plover
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Hooded Dotterel
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Working classification

Thinornis rubricollis  Recorded in Australia

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