- Vanellus chilensis
- Brownish-grey upperparts
- Bronze glossing on shoulders
- Grey head
- Black forehead and throat patch which extends onto the black breast
- White border separating the black of the face from the grey of the head and crest
- White underparts
- Eye ring, legs and most of the bill are pink
- Broad white wing bar separates the grey-brown of the back and wing coverts from the black flight feathers. *Red bony extensions under the wings (spurs), used to intimidate foes and fight birds of prey
- Rump is white and the tail black.
Sexes similar; young birds are duller, with a shorter crest and browner face and breast.
- V. c. cayennensis (Northern):
- V. c. lampronotus (Central South America):
Lakes, river banks or open grassland.
The diet includes insects and other small invertebrates.
The nest is a bare ground scrape and 2-3 olive brown eggs are laid.
- Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
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