Masked Lapwing – or Spur winged Plovers as they were once called – are familiar birds over much of Eastern and Northern Australia. I tend to see them most often in their natural environment - the grass in the middle of roundabouts, road-side verges, football ovals and under my window when I am trying to sleep in!
We call them “the bird of stress” for their tendency to fly around shrieking for no apparent reason. They will also swoop you if the fancy takes them – and their old name comes from the fact that the have black-tipped yellow spurs on their “shoulders” which they use against predators and otherwise innocent pedestrians!
In the hand they are a remarkable bird, with the yellow face mask feeling like soft leather – but when we do happen to catch one you need ear plugs!
You can find more birds from around the world at World Bird Wednesday.
You can also see the most recent post on my other blog by clicking the Paying Ready Attention picture on the RHS of the screen.
Enjoy the birds.
Funny name for these guys! Love his yellow face.ReplyDelete
the bird of stress? too funny!!! what a great bird, stewart!ReplyDelete
A beautiful bird to see Stewart..another newbie for me.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing.
What a cool looking bird, Stewart! I love the face. Fantastic photos.ReplyDelete
Beautiful bird. I had never seen.ReplyDelete
He's a really neat bird -- and I do know a few people who engage in that "stress" behavior! If they nest on the ground, maybe the behavior is calculated to draw people away from the nest.ReplyDelete
Nice shots - that's a great-looking bird.ReplyDelete
HI Stewart -- forgive me for using this blog to comment on the other blog coincidentally named "Paying Ready Attention" ;>)... I loved your latest post. I wish I were a three or four or five decades younger -- I would do that hostel thing! You saw wonderful things -- I can't believe those orchids. Just, actually, loved the whole trip. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Nice photos but these are not my favorite birds! There's a pair next door that has been swooping me every time I set foot outside my yard!! Not nice at all!!ReplyDelete
I remember seeing those at the zoo, they reminded me of some alien from Star Wars. Cool birds.ReplyDelete
just nice....happy ww :)ReplyDelete
Strange-looking bird! It's amazing what nature/evolution comes up with. Thanks for posting these photos, Stewart.ReplyDelete
so cute...it looks like he's dressed for winter with his cap and scarf.ReplyDelete
Interesting bird, I've never seen it before!ReplyDelete
That mask is great!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.ReplyDelete
Stress bird? Stewart, I thought for a moment you may be joking. To bad such pretty bird has such a despicable disposition. Once again, thanks for the introduction to a smashing new bird.ReplyDelete
Cheers to you Sir!
What a lovely bird!ReplyDelete
What an amazing bird! I can't believe all this information. "Stress bird" indeed! Remarkable colors and behavior!ReplyDelete
Geez, you sent be back into my archives to my spur-wing plovers from 2 years ago. It just shows how unobservant I was, I had not noticed the black tips to those golden spurs. I guess I also never caught any because they never were very noisy when I was around.ReplyDelete
Thanks for all the information.
Handsome bird! Great shots!ReplyDelete
I like its yellow face! We don't have these birds where I live.ReplyDelete
But we do have Blue Jays and their call can be jarring to the nerves.