Masked Lapwing (species: Vanellus (Lobipluvia) miles) in Birds of Flores (Gaia Guide)
Vanellus (Lobipluvia) miles
Masked Lapwing

©Leo: Masked Lapwing (Masked Lapwing)

©Charlie: Masked Lapwing (Vanellus (Lobipluvia) miles) showing spurs to defend the nest area

©Malcolm Tattersall: Masked Lapwing (Masked Lapwing) in flight showing wing spurs
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Vanellus
Species Vanellus (Lobipluvia) miles
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 36 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 75 cm to 85 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Masked Lapwing (Vanellus (Lobipluvia) miles)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is native to Australia, particularly the northern and eastern parts of the continent.

They are most common around the edges of wetlands and in other moist, open environments, but are adaptable and can often be found in surprisingly arid areas.

They can also be found on beaches and coastlines. They spread naturally to Southland, New Zealand in the 1930s and have now spread throughout New Zealand. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: abundant


The birds spend much of the time on the ground, searching for worms and other invertebrates to feed on. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • mild discomfort - They are shy and harmless in summer and autumn but are best known for their bold nesting habits, being quite prepared to make a nest on almost any stretch of open ground, including suburban parks and gardens, school ovals, and even supermarket carparks and flat rooftops. They defend these nests by dive-bombing theats, potentially striking with their sharp spurs.


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