Monday, October 9, 2017

Southern Lapwing

Southern Lapwings are found in much of South America, from Tierra del Fuego north into Nicaragua. Their range has been expanding northward (Costa Rica—1993; Nicaragua—2009; Mexico 1996). Records even exist for Florida and Maryland, although these may be escaped captives (Handbook of Birds of the World). Most of these northern records are of vagrants, but the species now breeds in Costa Rica.

We spied this Southern Lapwing along the shore of the Rio Tarcoles on 4 July. After we left the mangrove swamp, we motored upstream in search of Double-striped Thick-Knees. I very much wanted to see a thick-knee, and the captain of our launch was convinced we would see them upriver.

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