Key information: The Northern Lapwing is an unmistakable wader that visits Cyprus in the winter. Its appearance is striking, with black and white plumage, iridescent green and purple back and a black wispy crest. Even in flight, it can easily be recognized by its rounded wing tips and slow wing beats. In the winter, it forms flocks on open land, particularly arable land, mudflats and wetlands.
Length: 28 – 31 cm
Habitat: Wetlands, farmland
When they can be seen: Autumn, winter, spring
What they eat: Invertebrates, seeds
In Cyprus: Can be seen at open farmland areas and wetlands such as Oroklini Lake, Akrotiri Peninsula and Kouklia Dam
Status: Winter visitor, passage migrant
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis