Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)
Range: E Australiasia, New Zealand to New Guinea

Fig. 1. This noisy and distinctive Lapwing is common across New Zealand, where it is a relatively recent colonist. Shows little seasonal or sex-related variation. Juveniles are duller with less yellow on the face, grayer legs and uniformly pale brown upperparts. Upper parts feathers may be fringed with buff.

Fig. 2 Masked Plovers are oten seen in livestock fields. Here is one adult wandering around in a field of dairy cows near Miranda, North Island, New Zealand.

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