Here at Casa Turire we recently have found a new friend in our horse pastures!
We have the Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis) to welcome as a new resident down on the farm!
This wader is quite common in South America, with exception of the Amazon and higher parts of the Andes. It is, however, spreading steadily northwards and now seems to have made a home in Costa Rica.
Southern Lapwing does not appear in handbook Birds of Costa Rica by Stiles and Skutch 1989 but does appear in the 2007 edition.
The Handbook of the Birds of the World (1996) does not show it in Costa Rica but it has been present in Panama since the 1930s.
Here is a quick description of the bird, if you visit Casa Turire be in the lookout!
The upperparts are mainly brownish grey, with a bronze glossing on the shoulders. The head is particularly eye catching; mainly grey with a black forehead and throat patch extending down the black breast. A white border separates the black of the face from the grey of the head and crest. The rest of the underparts are white, and the eye ring, legs and most of the bill are pink. It is equipped with red bony extensions under the wings (spurs), used to intimidate foes and fight birds of prey.
Here at Casa Turire you can find them in our pastures running along our driveway lined with Royal Palms; these birds have been here on the property for more than a year and have become quite familiar with our horses!
Excellent locations for photographing with a backdrop of rolling coffee hills and large pastures for nature photographers!
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