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Plover, Masked (Vanellus miles) - chicks
Photo by John E Bolte, Australia

Plover, Masked (Vanellus miles) - chicks

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Sometimes called the alarm bird this bird can be identified by its constant call, a noisy penetrating 'kekekekek' From late spring they make pairs for nesting. Together they guard their nest (a depression or mound on the ground) and then their chicks, aggressively fending off potential attackers. Found everywhere except Western Australia, they are most often found in open grassy areas close to water. It's not uncommon to see lapwings nesting in parks, playing fields or on grassed lawns. They feed mainly on seeds, molluscs, worms and insects.

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