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The Banded Lapwing (Vanellus tricolor) are medium-large plovers with distinctive markings – a bold white stripe through the eye, small red wattle on forehead, white throat, with black on the side of the throat and a white belly. Found throughout Australia, except the far north, they frequent bare, stony or short-grass areas and are often found far from any water.

The Banded Lapwing forages both during the day and at night. They feed on seeds, insects, including caterpillars, beetles, cockroaches, grasshoppers, crickets, worms, spiders, ants, termites, snails and slugs. They are also known to eat seeds.


Slideshow of images of the Banded Lapwing (Vanellus tricolor), Alice Springs Desert Park

Images © Ausemade Pty Ltd


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Charadriiformes
  • Family: Charadriidae
  • Genus: Vanellus
  • Species: V. tricolor
  • Binomial name: Vanellus tricolor

Footnote & References

  1. Banded Lapwing, Birds, Books & Other Stuff, http://www.bushpea.com/bd/pg/all/b/banded%20lapwing%2001.html

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