On Sep 19, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:
During the winter it probes with its long powerful bill in estuaries, mud flats and sandy beaches mainly catching and prising open cockles and pipis. It also takes polychaete worms, crab, small flounder, earthworms and insect lavae.
Strictly momogamous, pairs remain together for life and
breeding season is in late July and early August, where they migrate to the inland riverbeds and farmland in the South Island of New Zealand. The nest is a shallow scrape lined with a few twigs or pebbles. First clutches contain three eggs, sometimes two. The olive-grey, blotched with dark brown spots and waves eggs are laid two days apart. The parents feed their chicks till they are six weeks old.