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Masked lapwing

Australia·Bird

These birds mate for life. They produce one brood a year, usually laying eggs in late summer. Masked lapwings will make nests almost anywhere, and have been observed nesting in suburban gardens, parking lots, and on flat roofed buildings. They’re very territorial of their nests, calling loudly, spreading their wings, and even swooping on potential intruders.

  • Conservation StatusLeast Concern
  • Life span16 years
  • Body size11.8-14.5 in. long
  • Native habitat Wetlands of northern and eastern Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea
  • DietInsects, worms, crustaceans, small invertebrates
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