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Set B4 - Bird Portraits - card information

27. Lapwing

27. Lapwing

Lapwing, peewit, green plover - these are different names for the same bird. The name "peewit" is descriptive of its call, lapwing is indicative of its broad, ample wings, and green plover denotes the bronze-green colour of its upper parts. A bird of the marshes and the muddy shore, the pastures and ploughed fields, it may be seen throughout the British Isles. It nests on the ground in some rushy pasture or marsh. Worms and larvae are its chief food. In winter it sometimes gathers in huge flocks which career about the sky often in breath-taking manoeuvres.