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The masked lapwing is a long-legged shorebird that spends most of its time raking the ground with its feet to unearth insects and worms to eat. The lapwing aggressively defends its nest during breeding season, dive bombing intruders or acting as if it has a broken wing to lure intruders away.

masked lapwing on tree

Did You Know?

The male and female lapwing are similar in appearance and a pair mates for life.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Vanellus miles

Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea

Wetlands and grasslands

Up to 1.2 ft

Zoo Location:
Birds of the World

Worms and insects