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The Lapwing from a distance appears black and white below, but closer observation reveals the upperparts as a beautiful iridescent dark green and purple.

The breast and cheeks are white and under-tail coverts are orange-brown. The legs are pink.

Males and female lapwings are similar, except the male's crest is longer and they have blacker breasts and whiter faces.
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Family
Plovers and lapwings (Charadriidae)
Latin name
Vanellus vanellus

 Population
Uk & Scotland
Conservation Status is now Red


Similar Species
Plovers
Description
Lapwings have a long crest, black and white pattern and the very broad, bluntly rounded shape of its wings. From a distance lapwings look black and white but, up-close, the back has an iridescent green and purple sheen.It is mainly black and white, but the back is tinted green.

The male has a long crest and a black crown, throat and breast contrasting with an otherwise white face. Females and young birds have shorter crests, and have less strongly marked heads, but plumages are otherwise quite similar.

Size
Length: 30cm Wingspan: 84cm Weight: 230g Average Lifespan: 4-5 years
Habitat
The lapwings can be seen on farmland, as well as the coastal areas and sandy shores
Food
Insects and Worms mainly, and small invertebrates, will even feed at night, especially when there is a bright moon
Voice
The "pee-wit" call of the Lapwing is frequently to be heard. Its song is: "pee-wit, wit, wit-eeze, wit"
Breeding
Female lapwings sit on the nests around late March, which are simple scrapes in the mud or sand, they need to have a good view all round so as to spot predators. By late spring, fluffy lapwing chicks can be seen venturing out , in fact they venture out shortly after birth.Soon after hatching, the parents will lead them to suitable feeding areas

If the nest is threatened at all, lapwings will 'mob' predators - attacking them in an effort to distract them from the eggs and chicks


Lapwings have a clutch of maybe 4 eggs, Incubation 25 - 34 days, fledge 35 - 40days
Misc. Info
As spring approaches, flocks that have been wintering in Scotland and the UK get smaller; some birds head back to their continental breeding grounds and others disperse to breed in the UK

Courting - Males put on dramatic flying displays, as they tumble through the air, whilst screeching with the piercing 'peewit' call, which gives them their common name - peewit.

The name 'lapwing' is thought to have been an Old English word 'hleapewince' meaning leaping with a wink in it
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