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Birds from the same family often share common behavioral characteristics. Members of the Charadriidae family populate most beaches across the globe. One of these members, the New Zealand dotterel, summer on New Zealand’s estuaries and mudflats. These areas contain high concentrations of food sources (e.g., snails, worms, and shellfish) unique to the reqion. As a result, New Zealand’s estuaries and mudflats provide an ideal location for studying the dietary patterns of these birds. This knowledge will help researchers better understand the behaviors of other family members living at different locations.