Spur-Winged Plover

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Spur Winged Plovers
Spur Winged Plovers
© Christopher Cookson  License this image

Spur-Winged Plovers are an Australian wading bird species that self-introduced to New Zealand in the early 20th Century. Known in Australia as the masked lapwing, spur-wing plovers are not a true plover. Found throughout New Zealand, spur-wing plovers are easily identified by their yellow faces and wattles, and their shrill calls, often heard at night.

Although a wading bird, plovers can be found in a wide range of habitats, and are common on pastures and within other grassed areas such as parks. 

As in other parts of New Zealand, spur-winged plovers can be found throughout Marlborough.

The birds shown were observed in the Wither Hills Farm Park.

Image Date: 28/8/2013

Photographer: Christopher Cookson

Location: Latitude: -41.545059 Longitude: 173.958481

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