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The New Zealand Plover, Red-breasted Plover, or New Zealand Dotterel (Charadrius obscurus) is an endangered species found only in certain areas of New Zealand. Its Mori names include Tturiwhatu, Pukunui, and Kkuruatu. It is related to the Eurasian dotterel. New Zealand Plovers are shorebirds and are usually found on sandy beaches and sandspits or feeding on tidal estuaries. They are nearing extinction with about 1300 northern dotterels, and approximately 75 or so southern dotterels.
Parents lay eggs in the spring and summer. They nest on beaches above the high tide mark, and the nest is just a shallow hole dug in the ground, not made of twigs like a nest in a tree. The chicks hatch about 28 days after the eggs have been laid. Because the nests are on the ground, chicks can walk the day they hatch and can usually fly within 6-8 weeks.