The curious looking Australian Masked Plover (Wild Bird Wednesday)

Masked Plover
Australian Bird the Masked Plover

Happy Wild Bird Wednesday :0)

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A curious looking bird they are indeed. Australia has some truly beautiful birds, but this is not one of them! It does has its own appeal and I personally find them rather charming in appearance.
I would like to introduce you to the Masked Plover, AKA the Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) taken near the beach front in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

The mask is rather leathery and very distinctive – they are not pretty but rather fascinating in a sinister way. They are similar in appearance to Plovers or Lapwings the world over and share the behaviour of many when it comes to protecting their young, diving on predators far larger than themselves and feigning a broken wing to lure enemies away from their nests, in the same way as the Killdeer, a American Plover

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27 thoughts on “The curious looking Australian Masked Plover (Wild Bird Wednesday)”

    1. They really are smart – I have not witnessed the feigning first hand but they hold out a wing, as though broken, and hobble around, moving slowly but surely away from the nest then take off at the last moment when they have got the predator to move far enough away!!

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    1. Many thanks Andrew. I am old school and still call the UK Lapwing by the Peewit name – so much nicer!! The Peewit, which I remember seeing regularly as a child in Hampshire, is now on the Red list in the UK. I saw my first one for years last month and got some lovely shots – I think I shall put one up next Wild Bird Wednesday to show the comparison

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      1. We very occasionally get Northern Lapwing in HK. Almost twitchable these days. Maybe people will twitch them in Britain soon. Very sad. I like the old names too. Do show your photos, James. I’d love to see a Peewit again.

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  1. In our family (nobody else would be so stupid!) we call these “Birds of Stress” – because to their tendency to rush about shrieking for no apparent reason! Nice picture.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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