Lapwing (or Peewit)

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A handsome plover-like bird of Northern Europe and Asia (Vanellus cristatus), also known in Great Britain as peewit, or green plover, the lapwing is greenish above, with a black breast and white abdomen and cheeks, and erectile plumes in the crest. The four eggs (known in British markets as ‘plover eggs’) are laid in a depression of the ground without any nest; but the watchful care of the parents, and the artifices by which they seek to divert attention from the eggs or young, are so familiar as to be often referred to in poems and homilies. The food consists of worms, insects, and slugs.


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