Pied Lapwing (Vanellus cayanus)

Pied Lapwing

[order] Charadriiformes | [family] Charadriidae | [latin] Vanellus cayanus | [UK] Pied Lapwing | [FR] Vanneau de Cayenne | [DE] Cayennekiebitz | [ES] Avefria de Cayena | [IT] Pavoncella della Cayenna | [NL] Cayenne-kievit


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range

Physical charateristics

A handsome, small lapwing with striking features such as long red legs, red eye, brown crown surrounded by white, black face, white half-collar and black and white “braces” down the back.

Listen to the sound of Pied Lapwing

[audio:http://www.aviflevoland.nl/sounddb/P/Pied Lapwing.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

wingspan min.: cm wingspan max.: cm
size min.: 21 cm size max.: 24 cm
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Found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela.


Mudflats and sandbanks along rivers and ponds in forested zone. Also along sea coast.


Little data. Display behavior consists of flying overhead in an wary flight calling out loud. Nest is a small scrape in the ground, with one nest of 2 eggs found.

Feeding habits

Little data, feeds on insects and also snails.


This species has an extent of occurrence that has not yet been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for the range criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., extent of occurrence less than 20,000 km² in conjunction with both severe fragmentation and fluctuation/declines). The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Pied Lapwing status Least Concern


Sedentary in all of its range.

Distribution map

Pied Lapwing range map


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