Masked Lapwing, six years on

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In August 2006, we posted an account of the Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) seen around the Singapore Zoological Gardens LINK. This Australian lapwing apparently escaped from the zoo and became free-ranging, often seen in and around the zoo as well … Continued


posted in: Feeding-vertebrates | 1

“The Black Shag (Phalacrocorax carbo, Maori name: Kawau-tua-whenua) is a native resident throughout New Zealand, but also occurs in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia (Lindsey & Morris, 2000). An example from Picton, South Island is pictured here (above). … Continued

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 … Continued

Breeding Distraction 1: Masked Lapwing

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While visiting the Hobart Botanical Gardens, Tasmania in Dec 2005, Teo Lee Wei and family “came across a pair of birds about the size of crows. They were running and flying very low, calling in distress and visibly stressed. Their … Continued

Masked Lapwing

posted in: Exotics, Species | 1

On 8th July 2006 KC Tsang came across three lapwings, two adults and a juvenile, at the Singapore Zoological Garden’s Rhino enclosure. Originally thought to be Yellow-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus malabaricus), it was later identified as Masked Lapwing (V. miles) by … Continued