Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis

  • Order: Charadriiformes
  • Family: Charadriidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Eduardo S. A. Santos


Conservation Status

Southern Lapwings are widely distributed and common throughout South America, thus the species is considered as of Least Concern by the IUCN and by BirdLife International.

Effects of human activity on populations

Most available published studies on the Southern Lapwing have been conducted on populations that inhabit human altered habitats. This fact supports the notion that this species may benefit from human-induced habitat alterations, most of which result in more open habitats that are suitable for Southern Lapwings during both breeding and nonbreeding seasons.

Despite the lack of a systematic investigation, there is no reason to believe that Southern Lapwings suffer negative effects from human activities.

Recommended Citation

Santos, E. S. A. (2010). Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.