Red-kneed Dotterel (species: Erythrogonys cinctus) in Yalgorup WA (Gaia Guide)
Erythrogonys cinctus
Red-kneed Dotterel

©Tom Tarrant: Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

©Arthur Chapman: Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Erythrogonys
Species Erythrogonys cinctus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Adults distinctively marked: Black cap or hood from bill, extending below eyes, merging at nape to grey-brown of back. White chin and throat. Broad black band on breast joining nape and also extending to flanks as chestnut stripe. Belly and vent white. Back and mantle grey-brown, mainly black upperwing with white trailing edge. Upper leg, including tarsal joint or “knee”, red. Bill red with dark tip. (Wikipedia)


  • From 17 cm to 20 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 33 cm to 38 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is native to mainland Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia, and has occurred as a vagrant in Tasmania, Palau and New Zealand.

It is mainly found on the margins of shallow ephemeral and permanent freshwater wetlands, occasionally in saline wetlands, but rarely in tidal wetlands. (Wikipedia)


It mainly feeds on arthropods, molluscs, annelids and seeds.

Web resources


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