Charadrius ruficapillus (Temmnck, 1822)

Common Name: 
Red-capped Plover, Red-capped Dotterel

The most common and widespread of Australia's beach-nesting shorebirds. It occurs along virtually the entire Australian coastline, and can congregate in great numbers inland, especially around salt lakes.

Ecological Notes: 

Inhabits open beaches, the lower reaches of estuaries, sandflats or mudflats at the margins of saline, brackish or freshwater wetlands.

Additional Notes: 

May be observed foraging, using a characteristic 'stop-run-peck' method, for molluscs, small crustaceans and some vegetation.


Atlas of Living Australia at Charadrius ruficapillus Accessed 29 July 2020.

Birdlife Australia at Accessed 27 July 2020.