A rather noisy black shouldered bird with a highly conspicuous and vividly yellow wattle

The masked lapwing (Vanellus miles) is a large, common, and noticeable bird with two separate species.

The largest of which is the Charadriidae, which measures 14 inches and weighs 13 oz.

A rather noisy black shouldered bird with a highly conspicuous and vividly yellow wattle

The male masked lapwing has a unique mask and bigger yellow wattles than the female.

The black neck-stripe and smaller wattles distinguish the Spur-winged plover.

The wattle of the female masked lapwing is smaller than that of the male.

The Masked Lapwing is found in Australia, mainly in the northern and eastern sections of the continent, as well as in New Zealand and New Guinea.

A rather noisy black shouldered bird with a highly conspicuous and vividly yellow wattle

Masked Lapwings are most abundant around wetlands and other moist, open places, although they are versatile and may often be found in unexpectedly dry locations.

They are also seen on beaches and around coasts.

Masked Lapwings eat insects and their larvae, as well as earthworms.

The majority of food is collected close below the ground’s surface, although some may be obtained above the surface as well.

A rather noisy black shouldered bird with a highly conspicuous and vividly yellow wattle

Birds often eat alone, in pairs, or in small groups.

Breeding season typically occurs after the Winter Solstice (June 21), but can occur earlier, and the nesting couple defends their territory against any intruders by calling loudly.

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