Northern Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus

Northern Lapwing occur on a regular basis in Newfoundland - something no other place in North America can claim. This one was at Portugal Cove South in December, 2010.
- Photo: Jared Clarke (December 15, 2010)

Status: Unusual (nearly annual)

Origins: Breeds across northern Europe and Asia, as well as Iceland. It is highly migratory and winters as far as northern Africa, India and parts of China.

Details: Records occur almost annually, typically in November/December. An unusual trans-Atlantic storm in December 1927 brought hundreds (perhaps thousands) of Northern Lapwings to Newfoundland & Labrador. There is only one spring record from Cape Race on April 25, 2010.

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

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