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Northern Lapwing

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Photo by nigel pye
Photo by nigel pye
Vanellus vanellus



28-31cm long bird with a 67-72cm wingspan. Rounded wings and a crest, black and white, green tinted back.


Breeds in Palearctic (British Isles, France, Scandinavia and Russia east to the Urals); winters to northern Africa, India, Myanmar and south China.


A monotypic species.


Open country with short grass, bare soil or in crops, often near freshwater.



3–4 eggs are laid in a ground scrape.


Diet includes insects and other small invertebrates. It prefers to feed nocturnally when there are moonlit nights.


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In Culture

The name "lapwing" derives from the "lapping" sound its wings make, or the flapping flight.

Other common names include Peewit and Green Plover



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