Inland Dotterel (species: Peltohyas australis) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Peltohyas australis
Inland Dotterel

©Arthur Chapman

©Francesco Veronesi from Italy

©Ron Knight from Seaford, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Peltohyas
Species Peltohyas australis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Upperparts generally buff mottled with dark brown. Face pale but marked by vertical black band crossing eye and fore-crown. Underparts generally buff and white, marked with distinctice black Y on breast, forming collar on hind-neck, and joined to black band on belly separating white lower belly from rich buff lower breast and flanks. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 23 cm (Length of specimen)
  • From 19 cm to 23 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 47 cm
  • From 43 cm to 47 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Inhabits open, arid country in Australia. (Wikipedia)

It is endemic to southern and central arid zone of mainland Australia. It is found in open, arid country. (Wikipedia)


It is omnivorous, eating seeds and invertebrates. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.