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  Order Charadriiformes - Plovers, Sandpipers, Gulls, Terns, Auks
   Family Charadriidae - Lapwings and Plovers
      Subfamily Vanellinae - Crested Shorebirds (Lapwings)

  Charadriiforms are a diverse group of shore and aquatic or wading or terrestrial birds. They include the sandgrouse, shore birds, gulls and terns, and alcids. The majority breed in the Northern Hemisphere.
   The Tree of Life includes shorebirds with the Ciconiiformes.
Plovers have a relatively short and inflated bill. Most live in open habitat near water. They find most of their food by sight, running - then pausing - and running again. They have large eyes and some forage at night. This group includes plovers, lapwings, and the dotterel. 
Lapwings often have red or yellow wattles. The Northern Lapwing has a wispy crest. There are about 24 species of lapwing.
     
     
  Northern Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus
 
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        OCCURRENCE?
            POLDERS (OPEN FIELDS)
 
 
   The Northern Lapwing has a prominent crest. They are dark above and white below. The under-tail coverts are rusty and the tail is white with a black tip. These are birds of open fields, wet meadows, bogs and grassy banks of ponds and lakes. In winter they also feed in cultivated fields and visit seacoasts and mudflats.
If you travel in the Old World, you may find additional lapwing species. See appropriate field guides for the areas you are visiting. Click to visit the Southern Lapwing.
Northern Lapwing
Northern Lapwing
Northern Lapwing
Nestled in a polder of the Zaanse-Schans. Click for a view of the polder with the lapwing and an oystercatcher.
Bulloch County, GA. Killdeer in foreground.
Photo by Ed Konrad
   
Several added species of lapwing are pictured with the detailed description of this family.
   
  NOTES:
   P&G: One sight record, 3 December 1940, Johns Island.
   Potter: This rare accidental is most often found on the coast north of the Carolinas. One appeared near Charleston in 1940.
  ●  Accidental.
 
  Banner - Northern Lapwing - Zaanse-Schans, Netherlands.
   
   
 


       
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