Spur-winged Plover - Vanellus miles novaehollandiae
New Zealand - 13 Oct 2006
Self-introduced to New Zealand via Southland from Australia.
Birds are olive-brown above and white below. The crown, outer wing feather and sub-terminal tail band are black and the wing has a brown-tipped yellow spur at the “wrist”. The bill is yellow and the bird has a yellow facial patch and prominent wattles.
Very protective of their young, will attack anything including Harriers, if feeling threatened.