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The Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops) is a common little bird seen around inland waterholes, often all year round.

They have streaked upperparts, with strong white eyebrow, and a heavy black line through the eye. The adults have a distinctive black V shape mark on their chest. Their two-tone mottled brown feathers help them blend in with the sand and pebbles at the water’s edge. They have red eye-ring.

When incubating their eggs, and the temperature is really hot, they can be seen standing above the eggs to provide shade over the eggs.

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Charadriiformes
  • Family: Charadriidae
  • Genus: Elseyornis
  • Species: E. melanops
  • Binomial name: Elseyornis melanops

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