Masked Lapwing

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 30 November 2016
Scientific Name
Vanellus miles
  • Charadriiformes
  • Charadriidae
  • Vanellus
  • V. miles
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
12 to 15 inches
33 to 33 inches
6.7 to 14.5 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 白颈麦鸡
Czech (Cesky) čejka australská
Danish (Dansk) Hvidhalset Maskevibe
Dutch (Nederlands) Maskerkievit
Finnish (Suomi) naamiohyyppä
French (Français) Vanneau soldat
German (Deutsch) Maskenkiebitz
Italian (Italiano) Pavoncella mascherata
Japanese (日本語) ズグロトサカゲリ [zugurotosakageri]
Norwegian (Norsk) Maskevipe
Polish (Polski) czajka platkolica
Portuguese (Português) Abibe-mascarado
Russian (русский язык) Солдатский чибис
Spanish (Español) Avefría Militar
Swedish (Svenska) maskvipa
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