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About the Masked Lapwing

Also known as: Masked Plover, Spur-winged Plover, Spur-winged Lapwing
The Masked Lapwing is a large species of plover native to parts of Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea. They are mostly found around wetlands but are highly adaptable and may be found in drier areas, though they prefer moist habitats that also include beaches.

Masked Lapwings have grey-brown upperparts and white underparts. They have yellow face wattles and yellow spurs on their wings that they use to defend their nest or territory. Birds of the northern subspecies have an all-white neck while birds in the southern range have a black neck-stripe.

Masked Lapwings feed on a variety of live prey items that they forage from the ground. Their prey includes insects and worms.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 30 November 2016
Scientific Name Vanellus miles
  • Charadriiformes
  • Charadriidae
  • Vanellus
  • V. miles
Birdorable Family Plovers & Shorebirds
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
12 to 15 inches
33 to 33 inches
6.7 to 14.5 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • 白颈麦鸡 (Chinese)
  • čejka australská (Czech)
  • Hvidhalset Maskevibe (Danish)
  • Maskerkievit (Dutch)
  • naamiohyyppä (Finnish)
  • Vanneau soldat (French)
  • Maskenkiebitz (German)
  • Pavoncella mascherata (Italian)
  • ズグロトサカゲリ [zugurotosakageri] (Japanese)
  • Maskevipe (Norwegian)
  • czajka platkolica (Polish)
  • Abibe-mascarado (Portuguese)
  • Солдатский чибис (Russian)
  • Avefría Militar (Spanish)
  • maskvipa (Swedish)