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Lapwing(Vanellinae) informations, facts -


Lapwing(Vanellinae) is a medium-sized, beautiful, nocturnal bird species. Ther are mostly found in the UK. This bird is a member of the genus Vanellus. They are hunt at night bird because they try to avoid their predators.



Their scientific name is Vanellinae. They are named because they make lapping sounds while they move their wing. Lapwing is also known as 'Peewit'.

Common Name: Lapwing
Scientific Name: Vanellinae
Other Name: Peewit

Scientific Classification 

Lapwings belong to the family Charadriidae. Lapwings are medium-sized bird species. There are 24 species in the world. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern'.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Genus: Vanellus
Family: ‎Charadriidae
Group: Bird
Number of Species: 24
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Living & Habitat

Lapwings are found in the UK. They are habitats such as grasslands, farmlands.

Living Locations: UK
Habitat: Grasslands, Farmlands

Physical Classification

Lapwing is a medium-sized bird and whole body covers with feathers. Lapwings have large, broad wings and a red bill with a black tip. They have a black breast and throat. Male and female lapwing are look-alike, but males have larger crest than females.  An adult lapwings length around  25 cm to 30 cm and the wingspan up to 75 cm to 84 cm. Their weight around 200 g to 240 g. They can fly at speed of up to 20 km/h.

Color: Brown, White, Green, Black
Skin Type: Feather
Weight: 200 g to 240 g (Approx)
Size: 25 cm to 30 cm (Approx)
Wingspan: 75 cm to 84 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 20 km/h (Approx)


Lapwings are mainly part of the Omnivores diet, which means they eat meat and plants. They mostly eat earthworms, insects, fruits, vegetables. They also have some natural predators like the red fox, great black-backed gulls, crows.

Diet: Omnivores
Favorite Food: Earthworms, Insects, Fruits, Vegetables
Predators: Red fox, Great black-backed gulls, Crows


Their lifespan up to 5 years. Lapwings are nocturnal, solitary birds. The nest is built by males and females. At the age of one year males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 55 to 60 days. Lapwings lay one to three eggs in a breeding season. The young lapwing is called 'Chick'. Those young spend two to three weeks with their mothers.

Lifestyle: Nocturnal
Group Behavior: Solitary
Lifespan: Up to 5 Years
Age of Sexual Maturity: 1 Year
Incubation Period: 55 to 60 Days
Average Litter Size: 1 to 3
Baby called: Chick
Age of Weaning: 2 to 3 Weeks

Short Facts

  • Lapwings move their wings slowly and lazily which creates a lapping sound, which is the reason why these animals are called 'Lapwings'.

  • According to research, less than 40% of lapwing chicks are surviving to fledge.




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