|Other Common Names
Masked Plover, Spur-winged Plover.
Breeds June-October in southern Australia. In the breeding season this species exists in pairs or small family groups. Large flocks at other times. Opportunisitic breeders. Both sexes build the nest and incubate the young for 28 days. Both sexes also care for the young, swooping aggressively to defend the nest.
Large, yellow wattles covering face. Black-tipped yellow bony spur on the shoulder of each wing.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Masked Lapwings use their yellow spurs when diving from above, to scare potential predators or intruders away from their nest or chicks.
Carnivore. Insects, insect larvae and earthworms.
Open, short-grassed sites (both natural and modified). Often found beside water of swamps, lagoons and salt marshes. Also seen at mudflats, beaches and grasslands. Populate urban areas.
Native to Australia