Masked lapwing in exhibit

Masked Lapwing

Scientific Name

Vanellus miles miles

Class

Aves

Order

Charadriiformes

Range

Australia

Habitat

Favors wetlands, but found in a variety of habitats

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Masked lapwing in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Masked lapwings have a bright yellow bill and face, a black crown, a white throat and chest, and gray wings. These birds spend much of their time on the ground searching for worms and insects. They even build their nests on the ground and defend them by swooping at nearby animals and people.

Interesting Fact 1

Some masked lapwings have sharp yellow spurs on the front of their wings, which are used to scare off predators.

Interesting Fact 2

They were named after their bright yellow face, which resembles a masquerade mask and contrasts with their white neck and body.

Interesting Fact 3

Although masked lapwings are very territorial, they often build their nests in human-populated areas.

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