Black-fronted DotterelScientific name: Elseyornis melanops

Meaning of name: The meaning of Elseyornis is not known. Melanops is from the Greek words melas, meaning black, and ops, meaning face.

Aboriginal name: Nidoolyorong (nee’dool’yaw’rawng).

Distribution: Widespread across Australia wherever water can be found.

Description: Up to 18cm long with a 35cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 125km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in November 2007, 4 years 0.4 months after being banded (information as at 15 June 2012).

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2  http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/76-publications-and-resources/103-conservation-science-wa-journal

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html