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southern lapwing: here’s the scoop

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It is a common and widespread resident throughout South America, except in densely forested regions (e.g. most of the Amazon), the higher parts of the Andes and the arid coast of a large part of western South America.

INSIDER INFO

BPZOO is home to two southern lapwings. You can find them inside the Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs building. There are only eight southern lapwings at four AZA accredited facilities. 

Species

Southern Lapwing

Scientific name

Vanellus chilensis

Habitat

Lake and river banks as well as open grassland

Diet

Insects and other small invertebrates

lifespan

10 years

Did you know?

Lapwings are in the Charadriidae family comprising of roughly 65 species of wading birds including lapwings, plovers, killdeers and dotterels.

Range

Central and South America

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant