Vanellus miles novaehollandiae
Masked Lapwings are large (34cm), ground-dwelling birds. The Masked Lapwing inhabits marshes, mudflats, beaches and grasslands. It is often seen in urban areas. Where this bird is used to human presence, it may tolerate close proximity; otherwise it is very wary of people, and seldom allows close approach. It is well known for its aggressive defence of nests and young, dive bombing intruders. The chicks are able to leave the nest and feed themselves a few hours after hatching. There are two subspecies of Masked Lapwing in Australia – ssp miles (nominate race – found in northern Australia) and ssp novaehollandiae (spurs on its wings and larger with black band, and shorter facial wattle – occurs southern Australia and is the dominate race in Central QLD Coast Landcare Network).
|Classifications:||Bird, water and shoreline|