Southern lapwing

The southern lapwing (Vanellus chilensis) is a wader in the order Charadriiformes. 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. This bird is particularly common in the basin of the Río de la Plata. It has also been spreading through Central America in recent years. It reached Trinidad in 1961 and Tobago in 1974, and has rapidly increased on both islands, sporadically making its way North to Barbados where one pair mated, nested and produced chicks in 2007.

Southern lapwing
both V. c. lampronotus
The Pantanal, Brazil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Genus: Vanellus
Species:
V. chilensis
Binomial name
Vanellus chilensis
(Molina, 1782)
Subspecies

3-4 (see text)

Synonyms

Parra chilensis Molina, 1782
Belonopterus chilensis (Molina, 1782)
Vanellus grisescens Grant, 1912[2]
Dorypaltus prosphatus Brodkorb, 1959
and see text

The southern lapwing is the national bird of Uruguay, and one of the symbols of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.


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