Saturday, February 15, 2014

Masked Lapwing

The Masked Lapwing is eastern Australia’s ecological counterpart of our Killdeer (just a bit bigger). This plover prefers pastures and wetland edges and is common in urban areas and wetland edges.

 Masked Lapwings are increasing their range. They were rare in Tasmania in the late 1800s, but are now common. They arrived in New Zealand in the early 1900s, and have also become common there. In fact, this species was responsible for 22% of all plane accidents in 1991—airfields are ideal habitat.  Consequently,the species is controlled at New Zealand airports, by nest destruction, shooting adults, and habitat alteration (Handbook of the Birds of the World—Alive).

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