MASKED LAPWING Vanellus miles novaehollandiae

Originally confined to Australia, where it is a common and widespread species, this bird has naturally colonised New Zealand, where it is now also common, and more recently New Guinea. Two subspecies occur, readily distinguishable in the field, which were at one time treated as two species, and probably will again, despite hybridisation. The southern race is the NZ coloniser, the right hand photo being taken there, the other being a Tasmanian bird. Confusion is caused by the local name of Spur-winged Plover.

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