spiky head feathers; black breast band; brown back (Finland; 2008-09-13)

Northern Lapwing
Vanellus vanellus

Native Range: Eurasia

Notes: a highly distinctive plover of open fields and pastures; no sexual dimorphism; adults have tall crest feathers that the juveniles lack.

flock in flight; note white rump above black tail (Finland; 2008-09-13)

flock in flight above typical farmland habitat (Finland; 2008-09-13)