Northern Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus

28-31 cm

67-72 cm

minor concern

Pond, crop fields

terrestrial invertebrates
minnows, frogs


Waders are birds that inhabit silt (sandy or muddy habitats) and usually have long bills and legs as an adaptation to these environments. However, the European lapwing is unique in that it does not comply with these canons, as it is also predisposed to inhabit cultivated fields.

It has a very peculiar, plaintive song that makes it unmistakable. The distinctive plumage that crowns its head has given it the nickname of lapwing, and it is compared to another very common bird that shares this same physical trait.