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Morphometrics and ecology of the New Zealand Dotterel ( Charadrius obscurus ), with a description of a new subspecies

TitleMorphometrics and ecology of the New Zealand Dotterel ( Charadrius obscurus ), with a description of a new subspecies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsDowding, JE
JournalNotornis
Volume41
Issue4
Pagination221-233
Type of Articlepaper
Keywordsmorphometrics, New Zealand Dotterel, plover, subspecies, taxonomy
Abstract

Morphometric data are presented for the northern and southern populations of the NZ Dotterel. There are significant differences between the two populations in all measurements of birds and eggs. The differences in midtoe and adult weight are pronounced: the former yields a Coefficient of Difference above the conventional level of subspecific difference. Plumage differs between birds of the two populations. Ecologically and behaviourally the two populations differ distinctly; southern birds breed inland and northern birds on the coast, the timing of flock break-up and movement to breeding sites is different and the ranges of the two groups are discrete. Based on these differences, the two populations are accorded subspecific status, and a new subspecies is described.

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