Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) - HBW 3, p. 418
French: Vanneau soldat
Spanish: Avefría Militar
Other common names: Masked Plover, Spur-winged Plover/Lapwing
Taxonomy: Tringa miles Boddaert, 1783, Louisiana; error = Australia.
Sometimes placed in Hoplopterus, Lobivanellus or monospecific Lobibyx. Race novaehollandiae on occasion considered distinct species, but intergrades with nominate form in at least two areas of overlap, in N Queensland and in L Eyre catchment area. Birds of N Australia formerly awarded separate race, personatus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- miles (Boddaert, 1783) - NE & S New Guinea and Aru Is to N Australia; probably non-breeding visitor to SE Wallacea.
- novaehollandiae (Stephens, 1819) - E & SE Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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Walking on grass
Locality Magill, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Roger Brissenden 7 July 2010 2 years ago 3.5
Bird stood quietly and glared at photographer.
Locality Pardoo, Western Australia, Australia (ssp novaehollandiae)
Graham Little 20 August 2001 18 weeks ago 3.4
An adult, showing its wing spurs.
Locality Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Bogdan Krajewski 2 April 2010 2 years ago 3.3
A bird resting on one leg.
Locality Jurong Bird Park, Singapore (ssp novaehollandiae)
Josep del Hoyo 4 February 1994 20 weeks ago 3.2
A bird standing.
Locality Birdworld, Farnham, Surrey, England, Great Britain (ssp miles)
Josep del Hoyo 3 October 1995 20 weeks ago 3.2
Adult in city park
Locality Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (ssp miles)
Peter Strauss 3 July 2010 2 years ago 3.2