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(ˈdɒtrəl) or


1. (Animals) a rare Eurasian plover, Eudromias morinellus, with reddish-brown underparts and white bands around the head and neck
2. (Animals) Austral any similar and related bird, esp of the genus Charadrius
3. dialect a person who is foolish or easily duped
[C15 dotrelle; see dote]


(ˈdɒt ər əl)

also dot•trel

(ˈdɒ trəl)

any of several plovers usu. inhabiting upland areas, esp. Eudromias morinellus, of Europe and Asia.
[1400–50; late Middle English dotrelle. See dote, -rel]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dotterel - rare plover of upland areas of Eurasiadotterel - rare plover of upland areas of Eurasia
plover - any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact build having straight bills and large pointed wings; closely related to the sandpipers
Charadrius, genus Charadrius - type genus of the Charadriidae: plovers
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This weekend's fayre was not quite so rare, but nonetheless special for the finders: two Dotterels at The Range, the heathcovered plateau, part of the RSPB's South Stack nature reserve.
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The singer was filming on Bethells Beach in Auckland this week which is home to endangered dotterels, Sandra Coney, of the Waitakere Ranges park, said Taylor's crew were only given permission to take two vehicles on to the beach yet used a dozen.
The Department of Conversation website says there are only 1,700 dotterels left in New Zealand and warns beachgoers to watch out for their nests in the sand near the high-tide mark.
It also provides the mud flat habitat preferred by many species of wetland birds such as Dotterels, Plovers and Sandpipers.
2001: Effects of human approaches to nests of northern New Zealand dotterels.
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The ponds were opened up to allow the sea in--an invitation to native shorebirds such as wrybills, pied stilts, bar-tailed godwits and dotterels.
If responsible steps to reform our use of the world's resources are not taken imminently, we can say goodbye to daffodils, snowdrops, dotterels and crocuses, and hello to 150 million environmental refugees.