(Erythrogonys cintus)

Length:  17-19 cm Common nomadic

A medium sized, long legged rather plump Plover. It often stands motionless, then bobs its head and darts forward at prey. It uses well vegetated freshwater wetlands and groups of up to 50 may follow shallow floodwaters. It swims adeptly and has no salt secreting glands. In flight the birds twist and turn and travel fast.

Courting males tilt the body forward, fluff the feathers and trill from the nest site. They breed from September to December. The nest is a small depression in the ground lined with dry herbage. Eggs: 2 to 4; ochre yellow speckled and dark brown lines.