Vanellus tricolor was first described by French ornithologist, Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot, in 1818. This species is an Australian endemic found in the southern half of the country. In Tasmania it is found in the North and east of the state. Although once the most numerous Lapwings in Tasmania, they are now much less common.
Yesterday, in the fields opposite Devonport airport there were several Banded Lapwings present, at least one of which was in the company of two small chicks. As I got out of the car to take a photo one of them alighted and circled around giving a few warning calls as can be seen in the second photo.
They tend to be found in drier and more heavily grazed sites than the Masked Lapwing. Michael Sharland, in 'Tasmanian Birds' observed that the eggs are often laid among horse dropping as a means of camoflauge.
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