Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus: a common but declining bird of farmland, easy to recognise because of its glossy green upper and black bib against white belly, and a wispy crest. It moves slowly on the ground and often stands still for extended periods. They feed on earthworms and other invertebrates close to the surface of the earth. Forms flocks in winter which can be quite large. Flies in a distinctive rather jerky, rolling way with very rounded wings. The call is a plaintive 'peewit'. The French name for them is le Vanneau huppé. They are present all year here, sometimes forming mixed flocks with Golden Plover (see post on Aigronne Valley Wildlife of the two species in flight together). This post on AVW shows you the difference between the two species. For photos of Lapwing in flight, see this post on AVW. Tim from AVW notes that we often get flocks of 1000+ birds here.
|Lapwing feeding in a field of wheat in January.|