Background

As a wading bird the Lapwing belongs to the plover family, meaning that the species are plump-breasted shorebirds. Their primary identifying characteristic is the upturned crest.

Habitat

British and Western European species, they are common on salt marshes, mud flats and within other open water systems.

Diet

Mainly feeding on earthworms, insects (including larvae) and spiders.

Predators & Threats

Their main predators are crows and foxes.

Facts

  • Lapwings are nocturnal.
  • Males perform acrobatic displays as part of a courtship ritual.

 

Common Name(s)Scientific Name
Lapwing, PeewitVanellus vanellus
Size
 ~30 cm
Lifespan
 4-5 years

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Lapwing