Masked lapwing in exhibit

Masked Lapwing

Scientific Name
Vanellus miles miles
Favors wetlands, but found in a variety of habitats
Estimated Wild Population
Masked lapwing in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

Did You Know?

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

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

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

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