Dotterel Anarhynchuus morinellus   [Linnaeus, 1758]

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Date created: 23-January-2017

Order: Charadriiformes Family: Charadriidae
BTO Codes: DO, DOTTE EURING No: 4820
Number in Britain: 630 Males (Summer)
Conservation Status:
European: Least Concern
Global: Least Concern (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Migrant Breeder, Passage Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 21 cm Wingspan: 60 cm Weight: M/F: 110 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: kharadra=a ravine and Gr.: moros=silly
World Distribution: BREEDS: Locally in n&c Europe, n&c Asia, Alaska, WINTERS: Mediterranean
Habitat: Steppe, stony grassland, on migration mudflats
Diet: Mostly insects and spiders, some other invertebrates, taken from ground or beneath stones
TitBit: The female (who is more brightly coloured) leaves the male to incubate the eggs. It is also good to eat, and the feathers make excellent flies for fishing.  
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Population and Distribution

Population Trend: No population trend available
Distribution: No distribution maps available
British Population Size:
    Summer: 630 Males in 1999
    First Record: Recorded in Medieval times
    Latest Survey: Whitfield, P. (2002) Bird Sudy 49:237-249
    Conservation Status: RED because Recent Breeding Population Decline (1981-2010), Recent Winter Population Decline (1981-2010), Recent Breeding Range Decline (1981-2010), Recent Winter Range Decline (1981-2010),
   Previous Assessments: 2009-2014 AMBER     2002-2007 AMBER     1996-2001 AMBER  
   Races of Concern:
Habitat Occupancy (in the Breeding Season):
    No habitat data from BBS
Migration routes: Map of foreign ringing recoveries
European Population Size:
    Summer: 9000 to 28 thousand pairs (of which c. 3 % breed in Britain)
Population Assesment from Birds in Europe
Distribution in Europe mapped by the EBCC Atlas
Listed on the Appendices/Schedules of: WCA(I), WBD(I), Bern(III), Bonn(II), AEWA
Survey Results:

Breeding and Survival

Egg Size: 41 x 29 mm Egg Weight: 17.0 g (of which 5 % is shell)
Number of Nest Records: 1
Clutch Size: 3 eggs
Incubation: 24- 28 days   by the: Male
Fledging: 25 - 30days as: Precocial, downy
First Clutches Laid: Unavailable
Number of Broods: 1
Number Ringed: Annual Totals
Adult Survival: No data
Juvenile Survival: No data
Age at First Breeding: 2 years Typical Lifespan: No data
Maximum Age from Ringing: 10 years 10 months 1 days (set in 1998)
Read a summary of Ringing Recoveries


Ring Size: C2
Wing Length Adult: Insufficient Data
Juvenile: Insufficient Data
Male: Insufficient Data
Female: Insufficient Data
Weight Adult: Insufficient Data
Juvenile: Insufficient Data
Male: Insufficient Data
Female: Insufficient Data

Other Names

Eurasian Dotterel
Previously Eudromias morinellus
Gaelic: Amadan-mòintich Welsh: Hutan y Mynydd
Danish: Pomeransfugl Dutch: Morinelplevier
Finnish: Keräkurmitsa French: Pluvier guignard
German: Mornell-Regenfeifer Hungarian: Havasi lile
Icelandic: Fjalllóa Irish: Amadán Móinteach
Italian: Piviere tortolino Norwegian: Boltit
Polish: Mornel Portuguese: Tarambola-carambola
Spanish: Chorlito carambolo Swedish: Fjällpipare
Local Names: Stone Runner
Collective Noun:Trip

For More Information...

Books and Monographs:
   Nethersole-Thompson, D. 1973 The dotterel Collins, London [598.612 NET]
   Nethersole-Thompson, D. & M. 1986 Waders, their breeding, haunts and watchers Poyser, London [598.6 NET]
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