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Lapwing Bird

Identification of Lapwing Bird

Lapwing Bird 1 Length: 28-31 cm Wingspan: 82-87cm Call: "wheeeo-wheep!"

Lapwing bird is an unmistakable, medium-sized and dumpy plover, appearing black and white when seen at range. The upperparts of Lapwing Bird are a deep green with a purple iridescence, the underparts white, with a broad black chest band. The head is striking, with a long thin erect crest, a black crown, forehead and lores, and in summer with a black face, chin and throat. The sides of the head and cheeks are pale grey. It has a unique flight silhouette, with very broad blunt-tipped wings and a weak-looking but deep-flapping flight. The underwing coverts are white, creating an alternating black/white flashing pattern when flying.

Habitat of Lapwing Bird

In the breeding season and throughout the year, Lapwing Bird can be found on grasslands, meadows, pastures, lakesides, margins of marshes, and also arable fields where the vegetation is not too high, and in winter will flock onto arable land, saltmarshes and tidal habitats. It requires a degree of dampness in the substrate and a richness of invertebrate food, and will avoid hard and arid ground where feeding is difficult.

Song / call of Lapwing Bird

Lapwing Bird 2

An old common English name relating to the call is "Peewit". These are very vocal birds, either conversationally when in a flock or on the breeding grounds when they make a lot of noise if alarmed. In spring they make a tumbling and dive-bombing display flight over the breeding grounds, accompanied by a more elaborate call sequence or song, "whee'wheedle-wi'up'ee-wip'ee-wip'ee-wip'iyuweeep!" accompanied by a low throbbing sound that emanates from their vigorous wingbeats. The commonly heard call of Lapwing Bird at all seasons is a "whheee'ow", "eeeee'woah", an ascending "wheeeo-wheep!" or a lower and hoarser "eeoo-whep". Slight variations of this call are given depending on their state of anxiety, the alarm note being a shriller and more urgent "eeeeo'whip!".