Tūturiwhatu/Spur-winged Plover Vanellus miles novaehollandiae
Native. Not threatened.
A self-introduced species from Australia, it is now firmly established and widespread here. A stocky, noisy bird with a quarrelsome nature and raucous voice, it is a familiar bird around the Estuary.
It is a stocky bird with a raucous call. General plumage colour is grey brown above with white underparts, black cap and shoulders plus distinctive yellow wattles.
Nests are built in open habitats near wetland areas or in grassland. Each clutch has 3-4 eggs which hatch in around a month. Young leave the nest shortly after hatching and gain independence at 6-7 weeks.
They consume a wide variety of food ranging from worms, insects to molluscs and crustaceans.