Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Lapwing, Lammermuirs, Scotland, April 2004 - click for larger image Scotland

The Northern Lapwing breeds across most of Europe and into the Middle East and across north central Asia as far as China. In winter it migrates to western Europe and north Africa. It is found on open terrain with a preference for damp fields, pastures or grasslands where there is a good supply of worms and insects.

Lapwing, Lammermuirs, Scotland, April 2004 - click for larger image It looks mainly black and white but in good light it can be seen to have a green and purple iridescence. It has long, thin crest feathers which are longest on the male and shortest on juveniles. In winter the chin and foreneck become white and upperparts look scaly from the buffy tips to the feathers as can be seen in photos 4 and 5.
Lapwing, Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, May 2003 - click for larger image Photo 6 shows an immature.

The flight is very characteristic with broad, flappy wings showing the blackish upperparts then the whitish underparts. The large flocks which form in winter give a flickering effect as they fly around.

Lapwing, Aberlady, East Lothian, Scotland, October 2002 - click for larger image
Lapwing, Aberlady, East Lothian, Scotland, October 2002 - click for larger image
Fledgling Lapwing, Mainland, Shetland, Scotland, June 2004 - click for larger image
 Lapwing, Mull, Scotland, June 2005 - click for larger image
 Lapwing, Trimley Marshes, Suffolk, England, March 2005 - click for larger image
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