PORT PHILLIP BAY


Masked Lapwing 

Vanellus miles

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Charadriiformes
Family:
Charadriidae
Genus:
Vanellus
Species:
miles

General Description

Upper body light brown with top of head, sides of breast, and wing tips black. Underparts and lower back white. Yellow circular flap of skin hanging on face. Body up to 38 cm long.

Biology

Masked Lapwings nest in open areas and defend the nest by swooping on intruders.

Habitat

Open grassy paddocks, wetlands, intertidal mudflats and parkland.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Mainly eastern Australia.

Species Group

Birds Plovers and dotterels

Max Size

38 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Masked Lapwing, Vanellus miles, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7914

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