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Northern Lapwing

(Vanellus vanellus)
Alternate name(s): "Lapwing", "Green Plover", "Peewit", "Pewit", "Tuit", "Tew-it"
German name(s): "Kiebitz"

Size: 28-33 cm; wing span: 67-87 cm
Weight: 130-330 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Northern Lapwing at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Lateral view of a Northern Lapwing; the striking black front and long crest may indicate that this is a male (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Lateral view of a Northern Lapwing; the short crest may indicate that this is a female (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Lateral view of a Northern Lapwing wading in shallow water; the short crest may indicate that this is a female (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Dorsal view of a Northern Lapwing (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Northern Lapwings in a submerged meadow; the bird in the front right is possibly a female (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Northern Lapwings in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Large flock of Northern Lapwings, indicating that these birds are still in their winter quarters (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Overview of the habitat in which a large flock of Northern Lapwings was found (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Food, Diet

Northern Lapwings feed on insects and other small invertibrates, usually foraging near the edge of, or in, shallow water.

Feeding technique of Northern Lapwings (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

lapwing_dw_20170319_2.mp3 (Central Poland) Contact calls? © DW
lapwing_dw_20170319.mp3 (Central Poland) Contact calls? (flock) © DW
lapwing_dw_20170409.mp3 (Central Poland) Pair courting © DW

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