Masked lapwing

Latin Name
Vanellus miles

Class
Birds

Order
Charadriiformes

Description

The masked lapwing has a bright yellow bill and face, with a black crown and white throat and chest. Its wings are gray. It can reach up to 14 inches in height.


 

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.




Lincoln Park Zoo Exhibit