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Northern Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus

Northern lapwing foraging on a field. Photo Jan Nyman.

General information. The northern lapwing is a wader whose black and white plumage and distinct crest make it easily identifiable. It is most easily observed during spring migration in March to April, when flocks of lapwings can be seen foraging in snow free areas of fields and roadsides. Like the Eurasian curlew, the northern lapwing roosts on the ice close to open water during migration.

  • Length about 30 cm
  • Builds the nest on the ground
  • Migratory species. Winters in western and southern Europe
  • Feeds on insects and worms

Habitat. The northern lapwing thrives in farmlands, moors and waterfront meadows. Their characteristic, tumbling flight can be observed best in April to May, the most intense time of the breeding season.

Distribution in Vaasa. The northern lapwing occurs in farmlands near the Vaasa airport and Söderfjärden, in the southern area of Vaasa. Numerous northern lapwing pairs gather on vast farmlands to breed next to each other. It is absent from the archipelago.