Viator picis

Viator picis is an extinct genus and species of lapwing (Charadriiformes; Charadriidae; Vanellinae) known only from the upper Pleistocene asphalt deposits known as the Talara Tar Seeps, which are found near Talara, northwestern Peru. It was described by Campbell (1979). Although it appears to be related to the southern lapwing (Belonopterus chilensis) and the Andean lapwing (Belonopterus resplendens), it is quite distinct from Vanellus sensu stricto; however, most authorities now include the former two species in an expanded Vanellus which includes all lapwings, in which case Viator picis may belong in Vanellus as well.

Viator picis
Temporal range: Upper Pleistocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Genus: Viator
Campbell, 1979
V. picis
Binomial name
Viator picis
Campbell, 1979


  • Kenneth Eugene Campbell, Jr. (1979). The Non-passerine Pleistocene Avifauna of the Talara Tar Seeps, Northwestern Peru. Life Sciences Contributions. 118. Royal Ontario Museum. pp. 1–203. ISBN 978-0-88854-230-4.

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