Status of the Black-fronted Dotterel ( Charadrius melanops ) in the Wairarapa
|Title||Status of the Black-fronted Dotterel ( Charadrius melanops ) in the Wairarapa|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1999|
|Authors||Dennison, TC, Robertson, HA|
|Type of Article||paper|
|Keywords||Black-fronted Dotterel, Charadrius melanops, New Zealand, population, Wairarapa|
The number of Black-fronted Dotterels (Charadrius melanops) in the Ruamahanga River catchment of the Wairarapa, North Island, New Zealand, increased from c. 80 birds in 1972 to 300 - 350 birds in 1996. Another c. 100 birds breed on rivers that drain directly to the eastern coast of the Wairarapa. Their numbers and range are still increasing. Lake Wairarapa is an important wintering site for Black-fronted Dotterels, although their origin is uncertain.