. banded lapwing
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- An Australian Softbill
- Scientific Name:
- Common Name/s:
BANDED LAPWING, BANDED PLOVER, BLACK BREASTED PLOVER.
- Sub Species in country / area of origin:
- Origin / Distribution: Found in all
states of Australia including Tasmania and the islands off Tasmania.
- Habitat In Wild: Nomadic birds that
prefer to live in open areas that have short grasses. Usually found
in arid or dry environs.
- Status In Wild: Secure
- Status In (Australian) Captivity:
Secure but not common
- Age To Sexual Maturity: ?
- Best breeding years (estimate): ?
- Sexing: Monomorphic / Dimorphic
- Colour mutations: No
- Availability: Specialist breeders
- Temperament: Very defensive of the
nest and will put on a distraction display to help save the nest
from intruders. In the wild these birds are nocturnally active
and live in groups of 5 - 12 birds. A parent bird may pretend
to have a wing injury to lure intruders away from the nest or the
- Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: -
Normal colour (Approx.) $70
- Description Of Adults: Smaller of
the two Lapwings found in Australia.
- Length: Approx. 250 - 280 mm (or approx 10 - 11.5 inches)
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo/s above if available.
- Weight: Approx. ? gms (or approx ? ozs)
The other Lapwing found in Australia is the Masked Lapwing - Vanellus
miles which is also known as the Masked Plover or Spur winged Plover.
Level Of Knowledge Required:
Beginner / Intermediate
/ Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations &
By-Laws: Refer to "Government Laws" page.
Click on "Softbills"
web page for full details on the housing
of Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.
The banded lapwing may be active at
night and disturb other birds in the aviary. This can occur most often
on full moon or bright moonlit nights.
Many articles have been published
describing how the banded lapwing likes to breed in or inhabit areas
that are regularly maintained. Golf courses and the surrounds of
airports are a popular place for these birds to be found.
The birds need an area of long grass or
ground cover for some privacy and to make a nest.
Diet / Feeding: Click on "Softbills"
web page for full details on the
nutrition of Softbills or read on for specific details for this
In the wild the main part of their diet
is insects that are found on the ground. The insects are often found by scratching
the litter on the
ground. Other foods include seeds, plant shoots and very small animals.
In the aviary the foods for the banded
lapwing can include a quality budgie or canary mix as well as chicken
crumbles. A variety of insects such as mealworms, small captive bred
cockroaches and crickets must be provided during the breeding season.
Insects can be offered throughout the year. A good quality softbill mix
can form part of a well balanced food intake.
A basic overview only.
- Roosting nest:
Yes / No
- Nesting months: June -
December. In the wild the nesting season is influenced by the
- Nesting receptacles: Nest is
made on the ground. The nest is a depression in the ground and is
lined with dry grasses and other plant material.
- Nest: The hen builds a
nest out of grasses, twigs, short pieces of teased hessian and other
materials. Nest is lined
with feathers, soft materials and soft fine grasses.
- Who incubates the eggs:
Hen / cock / both share.
Egg Colour brownish yellow to pale
olive brown, with dark brown and dusky blotches all over. Clutch/s
per year 1 or 2. Eggs per nest 3 - 5. Incubation
approx. 28 days. Fledge approx. .?. days.
Independent approx. .?. days/weeks.
The young leave the nest within a day or
two of hatching and are fed and protected by both parent birds.
Artificial incubation, hand rearing or fostering will not be
covered on this web site. It is too complex and diverse in nature to be
attempted here. Refer "Specific References" as listed below and
"General References" listings.
Refer "Avian Health Issues"
web page for information and references.
- Worming and parasite control and Quarantine
requirements of new birds or sick birds are considered to
require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web
site. Refer above option - "Avian Health Issues"
- Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace. Keep
updating your knowledge and skills.
Refer to references listed on "Book References"
- Australian Aviculture
- Australian Birdkeeper
- ABK Vol 8 Issue 7. Feb-Mar 1995 Page 338-342
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