grey, black and white plumage; crest feathers (Brazil; 2007-11-09)

Southern Lapwing
Vanellus chilensis

Native Range: South America

Notes: South America's counterpart of Eurasia's Northern Lapwing; these two species are similar in appearance and behavior; no sexual dimorphism.

bold dorsal wing and tail pattern in flight (Brazil; 2007-11-09)

racously defending a nesting territory (Brazil; 2007-11-09)

stiill aggressively defending territory (Brazil; 2007-11-09)

full frontal view (Brazil; 2007-11-09)

black-and-white pattern in flight; note the wing spurs (Brazil; 2007-11-09)

grey-brown upperparts; white belly; two-toned bill (Panama; 2008-06-21)