Night feeding by Masked Lapwing

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Lena Chow was in Queensland recently when she noticed about a dozen Masked Lapwings (Vanellus miles) at the Cairns Esplanade foraging all over the beach way past sunset. Quipped Lena, “I didn’t know lapwings are nocturnal feeders…”

According to Wiersma (1996), Masked Lapwing: “Possibly also feeds at night.” Now Lena has evidence that this lapwing actually feeds at night.

Wiersma, P. 1996. Family Charadriidae (Plovers): Species accounts. In: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & J. Sargatal (eds.), Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 3. Hoatzin to Auks. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 410-442.

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