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Beachcomber

Beachcomber

The endangered NZ dotterel or tūturiwhatu at Okura. This small shore bird has declined to about 1700 birds in scattered populations. Many of these fragments are found around the beaches of Northland. The bird does not cope with disturbances to its nests, which are simple camouflaged scrapes.

Mature males have distinct rust-coloured breast feathers in the breeding season.