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Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens


The Andean Lapwing is a beautiful plover of high elevations in the Andes from southern Colombia south to northern Chile and Argentina.  The species has a coppery green back, gray hood separated from a white belly with a thin black line, a pinkish orange bill with a black tip, and reddish irides and legs.  Andean Lapwings are found around high altitude lakes, rivers, and in agricultural land, primarily above 3,000 meters.  Conspicuous visually in their open habitats, these lapwings also act as sentinels of the altiplano, giving loud, ringing calls whenever there is a disturbance nearby - as such, they (like most lapwings) are rather easy to find when birding within their range.

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Recommended Citation

Andean Lapwing (Vanellus resplendens), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: