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masked lapwing / plover

masked lapwing / plover

Masked lapwing / plover, Vanellus miles, IMG 5311 - Unlike many birds that are born naked, young masked lapwings come into the world with a protective covering of down and leave the nest and feed themselves within a few hours of hatching. Adult birds do their best to protect their chicks by attacking any creatures, including humans, which come too close to their vulnerable offspring, and occasionally divert attention away from them by fluttering across the ground in a way that suggests that they have an injured wing. It’s a tactic that pays off, for despite their often apparent lack of common sense when selecting a nesting site, masked lapwings are thriving in both their wild habitats and the welcoming environments that they have discovered on the doorstep of suburbia.

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