|Hooded Plover Thinornis cucullatus
(aka Hooded Dotterel Thinornis rubricollis)
The Hooded Plover is endemic to south-western and south-eastern Australia including Tasmania. It is found mainly on sandy beaches where it feeds on insects, shellfish, seeds etc., that it finds at the water's edge.
|It breeds on the beaches above high water mark which makes it vulnerable to predators and human disturbance. According to HBW, 81% of nests at the Coorong were crushed by 4WD vehicles in the season 1985-6. For this reason and others, the species is classified as Near Threatened by Birdlife International.|
|It is a smallish plover with a black head and throat and a white collar round the back of the neck. It has a red eye-ring and a red bill with black tip.|