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Masked Lapwing Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Vanellus miles
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Charadriiformes
  • Range

    Australia, particularly the northern and eastern parts of the continent.

  • Status

    Masked lapwings are considered a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Masked Lapwing Species Survival Plan®, a shared conservation effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    An adaptable species, the masked lapwing favors wetlands but can found in a variety of habitats.

  • Niche

    The birds spend much of the time on the ground, searching for worms and insects to feed on.

  • Life History

    Masked lapwings construct their nests on the ground and will defend them vigorously against animals—and people—that approach too closely.

Healthy Hatches: Masked Lapwing

Healthy Hatches: Masked Lapwing

Healthy Hatches: Masked Lapwing

A masked lapwing chick was among the healthy hatches in spring 2016. President and CEO Kevin Bell shares more in a Post from the President.

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