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Pied Lapwing Vanellus cayanus

  • © Jess Findlay

This handsome black, white and buff species is sometimes called Pied Plover, perhaps a more appropriate name, given this species smaller size, plover-like shape, and behavior of running short distances and stopping abruptly. Typically fairly common to uncommon resident on sandbars and shorelines of ponds and rivers where sand and bare muddy areas are present. Movements are not well understood, but local and short distance movements are regular during the wet season when the species vacates flooded areas. Fairly quiet, Pied Lapwings are usually detected by scanning mudflats and shorelines.

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© Andrew Spencer

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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