Commonly called plovers, Masked Lapwings are long-legged ground birds, with a light brown back and white breast and belly. They are black on the head, side of the neck and flight feathers, with yellow spurs on their wings.
Masked Lapwings have a strident and rapid call and are noisy at dusk, or when alarmed by potential intruders.
Masked Lapwings live in wetlands and grassy woodlands, as well as paddocks and playing fields. They nest on the ground or on a flat roof, and may swoop to protect eggs or their young.
Their breeding season is from July to November.
Picture: Paul Gullan, Viridans Biological Databases