Hooded Plovers are masters of camouflage and are well-adapted to life on the beach – that is, life on the beach 100 years ago.


Today their beach habitat has been overwhelmed by people visiting the beach for recreation, bringing all sorts of things that the birds are unfamiliar with – dogs, horses, 4WDs, beach balls, toddlers!!! Hoodies now struggle to find a bit of undisturbed space on the beach to breed and because their nesting failure rate is as high as 90-95%, their numbers are declining as too few young are added to the population to sustain it.


Knowing if and when Hooded Plovers are breeding is the first step to helping them do it successfully, and ultimately saving the whole species.

Hoodie Info (where they live, what they

look like and who they are)


Is MyHoodie breeding? (the tricks of the

trade you need to monitor breeding hoodies)


Other Beach-nesting Birds (other plovers, oystercatchers, lapwings and


FAQ (frequently asked questions)

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