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New Zealand dotterel/tuturiwhatu Charadrius obscurus is an endangered bird species endemic to New Zealand. NZ dotterels are shorebirds, usually found on sandy beaches and sandspits or feeding on tidal estuaries. It was once widespread and common but there are only about 1700 birds left. This serious decline in numbers is due to a combination of habitat loss, predation by introduced mammals and disturbance during breeding.