Masked lapwing

Vanellus miles

Diet: molluscs, crustaceans, insects and earthworms.

Reproduction: they are monogamous birds that nest between June and November. The nest has 3 to 4 eggs, the incubation period is 30 to 34 days, and the chicks fledge at 6 – 7 weeks and become independent after 8 – 9 months.

Distribution and Habitat: Endemic Australian species, however, it is also found in New Zealand, Indonesia and New Guinea. It lives in open pasture areas close to watercourses.

Behavior: They have a bone spur on each of their wings and have a very strident vocalization, also giving them the name “alarmbird”. During the nesting season, the male exhibits very characteristic defensive behavior.

Conservation status: Least concern


Scientific Name: Vanellus miles

Class: Aves

Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Charadriidae

Dimensions: 38 cm in length

Weight: 350 – 370 g

Longevity: 16 anos em cativeiro