Lapwings are known locally in the UK as 'peewits' after their shrill call. Their call is not the only distinctive feature - they also have a very characteristic flight pattern.
The common name 'lapwing' is thought to come from the Old English word 'hleapewince' which means leaping with a wink in it. Dense flocks of this once common farmland wading bird still make an impressive sight with their iridescent green and purple plumage shimmering in the sunlight.
Lapwing chicks are renowned for being able to run only moments after hatching.
Scientific name: Vanellus vanellus
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Lapwing distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1