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Masked Lapwing

Vanellus miles


The Masked Lapwing is mainly white below, with brown wings and back and a black crown. Birds have large yellow wattles covering the face, and are equipped with a thorny spur that projects from the wrist on each wing. The spur is yellow with a black tip.


The Masked Lapwing inhabits marshes, mudflats, beaches and grasslands. It is often seen in urban areas. Where this bird is used to human presence, it may tolerate close proximity; otherwise it is very wary of people, and seldom allows close approach. This one has made her nest right next to a carpark.

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CharliePrice 5 years ago

Thanks Joshua , i am happy she was off for a few seconds , and allowed me to get this shot , i was quick as they are pretty aggressive

JoshuaGSmith 5 years ago

Excellent spotting! I love to see the adult and eggs side by side.

CharliePrice 5 years ago

Added now Ava :)

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Ava T-B 5 years ago

Please add this wonderful spotting to the Nests, hives, bower....Animal Architecture global mission.

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Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Jul 14, 2015
Submitted on Jul 15, 2015

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