Baby Spur-winged Lapwing Explores His Habitat

Spur-winged Lapwing
Julie Larsen Maher / WCS

A tiny little spur-winged lapwing (say that 10 times fast) is out and about at the Bronx Zoo's bee-eater exhibit.

What in the world is a spur-winged lapwing, you ask? A very good question! The animal is a species of migratory shorebird that lives in sub-Saharan Africa during the winter, and moves to the eastern Mediterranean during the warmer breeding season, according to the zoo. Its name refers to a spur hidden in each of its wings, which the creature uses to defend itself (and its young) from predators.

The Bronx Zoo recently hatched three of these chicks — an impressive feat, considering there are only 35 spur-winged lapwings in American zoos.


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