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The wonderful looking Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops) is often seen all year around inland waterholes.

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.

Images © Dorothy L


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