Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens




They feed like many other Charadriidae, picking insects and invertebrates from the ground. These birds hunt by sight as opposed to feel. A unique aspect of Andean Lapwing feeding behavior is their association with agriculture, as crops and farm animals create environments that are ideal for insects that these birds feeds on.

These birds are aggressive towards observers, responding with loud alarm calls and by mobbing perceived threats.

Social and interspecific behavior

These birds often travel in small groups. They may also associate with cattle herds as their feces provides excellent conditions for dung beetles, upon which the lapwings feed (Sarmiento 2010)

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: