Pied plover

The pied plover (Vanellus cayanus), also known as the pied lapwing, is a species of bird in the family Charadriidae. It is a strongly marked bird with a prominent black V on its mantle.[3]

Pied plover
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Genus: Vanellus
V. cayanus
Binomial name
Vanellus cayanus
(Latham, 1790)
  • Charadrius cayanus Latham, 1790
  • Hoploxypterus cayanus (Latham, 1790)

Distribution and habitat

The pied plover is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.[1] Its natural habitats are forest rivers, savannah ponds and the sea coast.[3]


  1. BirdLife International (2012). "Vanellus cayanus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  2. "Pied Lapwing (Vanellus cayanus)". Avibase.
  3. Perlo, Ber van (2009). A field guide to the birds of Brazil. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195301544.

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