Northern Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4

NOLA

Code 6

VANVAN

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Unknown

The Northern Lapwing has a large range, estimated globally at 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Europe and Asia and introduced to North America and nearby island nations, this bird prefers marine, grassland, and shrubland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 4,400,000 to 7,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Northern Lapwing is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Northern Lapwing: Large, unique plover with black breast, face, crown, and long upright head plumes; back is green-tinged purple and copper. Belly and sides are white, uppertail is white with a black tip, and undertail coverts are rich rufous-orange. Wings are dark with white tips; legs are pink.


Range and Habitat

Northern Lapwing: This species is found in a wide variety of open areas with bare ground or low grasses. It is widespread in Europe and Asia; this bird occasionally wanders in the autumn to eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, extreme eastern Quebec, and the northeastern United States from Maine to Maryland.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"peewit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • In the Netherlands it is a cultural-historical competition to find the first egg of the year.
  • Many records in North America happen after storms. A storm in December 1927 and another in January 1966 account for an appreciable part of Canadian records.
  • A group of lapwings has many collective nouns, including a "deceit", "desert", and "skein" of lapwings.
  • The Northern Lapwing is also known as the Peewit, Green Plover or (in the British Isles) just Lapwing.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Northern Lapwing

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X