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Family Charadriidae

The family Charadriidae includes the lapwings, plover and dotterels. They have a world-wide distribution. Although a generalization, most of the larger members of the family are called lapwings while the smaller species are plovers or dotterels. This popular characterisation is somewhat supported by the systematics - the lapwings belong to the subfamily Vanellinae whereas the dotterels and plovers belong in the Charadriinae. They are typically found near water where they hunt small prey, locating them by sight. One Australian species, the inland dotterel, prefers stony ground in central and western deserts. The family contains just over 60 species.

 

Charadrius vociferus Killdeer

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Charadrius vociferus Killdeer, Eastlake, Thornton, Colorado

Pluvialis dominica American Golden plover

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Pluvialis dominica American Golden plover, captive

Pluvialis fulva Pacific Golden Plover

Pluvialis fulva Pacific Golden plover

BIRD 1016 Pluvialis fulva Pacific Golden Plover, Taveuni, Fiji

Vanellus indicus Red wattled lapwing

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Vanellus indicus Red wattled lapwing captive

Vanellus miles Banded lapwing

BIRD 7405 Vanellus miles Banded lapwing, Brisbane Botanic Gardens

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BIRD 7391 Vanellus miles Banded lapwings, Brisbane Botanic Gardens

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BIRD 2909 Vanellus miles Banded lapwing, Brisbane, Australia

 

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