Banded Lapwing (species: Vanellus (Vanellus) tricolor) in Mallee Cliffs NP (Gaia Guide)
Vanellus (Vanellus) tricolor
Banded Lapwing

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Vanellus
Species Vanellus (Vanellus) tricolor
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

They are characterised by a black cap, white ear-stripe and black band around the breast, with white throat and 'bib'. The eye is yellow, encircled by a fleshy yellow ring; a small red wattle lies at the base of the yellow bill. Wings are brown, underbelly is white and legs are red. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 26 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found over most of Australia and Tasmania though is absent from the northern third of the continent. It inhabits open spaces with short grass or stubble. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.