- Mimus polyglottos
- Thrushes & Mimids
The Northern Lapwing, a bird in the plover family, is common across temperate Europe and Asia and an occasional vagrant to North America. It is migratory over most of its extensive range, wintering in the south as far as north Africa, northern India and China. It migrates mainly by day, often in large flocks. Lowland breeders in westernmost areas of Europe are resident.
The name lapwing comes from the 'lapping' sound that its wings make, or the flapping flight, while peewit describes the bird's shrill call. This is a vocal bird in the breeding season, with constant calling as the crazed tumbling display flight is performed by the male.
Northern Lapwings have a fairly large natural range. Vagrant birds are sometimes found in the eastern United States or Caribbean. The species has a conservation status of Least Concern as of July 2014.
|Hatched||Added to Birdorable on: 02 July 2007|
|Scientific Name||Vanellus vanellus|
|Birdorable Family||Plovers & Shorebirds|
(as of 26 March 2017)
11 to 12 inches
26 to 28 inches
4.5 to 11.6 ounces
|Range||West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia South Asia North Africa|