Double banded Plovers breeding

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Subject: Double banded Plovers breeding
From: "Andrew Stafford" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 23:21:46 +1000
Hi Deborah,

The reason the Double-bandeds are in breeding plumage and the Godwits, Tattlers 
etc aren't is very simple: whereas the latter are trans-equatorial migrants, 
breeding in the northern summer (i.e. now) Double-banded Plovers are 
trans-Tasman migrants breeding in New Zealand. Generally the first birds start 
to trickle into Australia in March, start to colour up about now then take off 
back to NZ. The ones you see in breeding plumage I imagine will be first to 

As for why the northern hemisphere waders overwintering in Australia aren't in 
breeding plumage: mostly these are juvenile birds, and those that aren't are 
non-breeders, so have no biological need to colour up.



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