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Bird name:

Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Plovers (Charadriidae)

BTO 2

L.

BTO 5

LAPWI

Euring 5

04930
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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Red Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Lapwing occurs in most of the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. However, it has a "Red" status because of recent, sharp declines in its population.

SUMMARY

Overview

Lapwing: Large, unique plover with black breast, crown, and long upright head plumes; face is white and black, back is green-tinged purple and copper. Belly, sides are white, uppertail is white with black tip, undertail coverts are rich orange-brown. Wings are dark with white tips; legs are pink.


Range and Habitat

Lapwing: Widespread resident in the UK and Ireland. Some birds from Britain may go to Ireland in the fall, others may go to France and Spain. Eastern European and Russian birds arrive from June to November. Found in a wide variety of open areas and farmland with bare ground or low grasses.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"peewit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Lapwing is also known as the Peewit, Green Plover and Northern Lapwing.
  • In the Netherlands it is a cultural-historical competition to find the first egg of the year.
  • Many records in North America happen after storms. A storm in December 1927 and another in January 1966 account for an appreciable part of Canadian records.
  • A group of lapwings has many collective nouns, including a "deceit", "desert", and "skein" of lapwings.

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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Parts of a Standing birdX
Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX