Pied Lapwing Hoploxypterus cayanus
(aka Pied Plover, Cayenne Plover, Vanellus cayanus)
Cayenne Plover, Thaimaçu, Pará, Brazil, April 2003 - click for a larger image Thaimaçu, Pará, Brazil
April 2003

A handsome, small lapwing with striking features such as long red legs, red eye, brown crown surrounded by white, black face, white half-collar and black and white "braces" down the back.

Cayenne Plover, Thaimaçu, Pará, Brazil, April 2003 - click for a larger image It is found singly or in pairs on sandy islands, sandbars and banks on the rivers of tropical South America.

The third photo has a Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia just behind the Pied Lapwing and shows the relative sizes of Pied Lapwing at 23cm (9") and Spotted Sandpiper at 18cm (7").

Cayenne Plover with Spotted Sandpiper, Thaimaçu, Pará, Brazil, April 2003 - click for a larger image
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