Detroit Zoo - Spur-winged Plover

Spur-winged lapwing

Vanellus spinosus

At the Detroit Zoo
The spur-winged lapwing can be found inside the Matilda R. Wilson Free-Flight Aviary where more than 20 species of birds are free to fly, walk or swim among the cover of lush tropical plants in a warm and inviting climate.

Spur-winged lapwings have olive-brown backs with white necks and bellies, and black legs, spurs and beaks.

Fun Facts

  • Spur-winged lapwings use their spurs when diving from above to scare potential predators or intruders away from their nest or chicks.

  • The bird’s call sounds like an alarm clock going off. Humans tend to not like the sound because it typically occurs at night.