Saturday, April 30, 2011

Third Record of Southern Lapwing for Nicaragua

On a trip along the Rio San Juan on April 21, 2011, Manfred Bienert observed four Southern Lapwings (Vanellus chilensis) resting on a sand bank at river's edge, just a few kilometers upriver from the mouth of the Rio Sarapiquí.  This is only the third confirmed record of this species for Nicaragua: It was first reported on May 13, 2009, by Jörg Mellenthin, who found two adult lapwings at Siempre Viva Lagoon, Bonanza (RAAN). Manfred himself found another pair of Southern Lapwings along the northwestern shore of Lake Cocibolca, between Granada and Malacatoya, on October 23, 2010.  Southern Lapwing is now relatively common in Panama, has been confirmed to be breeding in Costa Rica, and appears to be slowly expanding its range northward through Central America. 

Southern Lapwings

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