Rufous-chested Dotterel (Charadrius modestus)

Order: Charadriiformes | Family: Charadriidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult, Non-breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Chile

Age: Breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Chile

Age: Adult, Non-breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Chile

Age: Adult, Non-breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southern Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~20 cm (7.8 in). The Rufous-chested Dotterel in basic plumage is brown, with buff superciliary line and white belly.  In breeding plumage, it shows gray face and throat, a bright rufous front of the neck and breast, and central black band separating the rufous and white. The basic plumage is similar to that of an immature Rudy Turnstone but is distinguished by having gray legs. Also, see American Golden Plover.

Status: The Rufous-chested Dotterel is a vagrant to the lowlands of western Peru. It also occurs in Br and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Chorlo Chileno.

Sub-species: Rufous-chested Dotterel (Charadrius modestus), M. H. C. Lichtenstein 1823.

Meaning of Name: Charadrius = A yellowish bird mentioned in the Vulgate Bible. modestus: L. modestus, modus = modest, simple, unpretentious, standard.

See more of the Family Charadriidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
rufous-chested dotterelVoice:
No recording available.


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.