Juvenile Shore Plover.
The Shore Plover (Thinornis novaeseelandiae) is a small species (20 cm in length, 60g) of Plover endemic to New Zealand. Its M?ori name is Tuturuatu.
The Shore Plover is an endangered species with a world population of around 200 birds. It once was found across the South Island in New Zealand but became extinct there, probably due to the predations of introduced cats and rats. It survived on one island, Rangatira, in the Chatham Islands, from where it has been introduced to other offshore islands in the Chathams (Mangere Island) and near the North Island. Further releases are planned around New Zealand.