Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis (Molina, 1782)Status Uncertain  

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Maryland has one record of this species (#2006-051) that has not been accepted based on concerns over origin. Many believe this record and records from Florida represent natural vagrancy from an expanding population.

There is 1 record in the project database.

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A Southern Lapwing in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/17/2006). Not yet accepted for the Maryland or ABA checklist, but many believe acceptance is warranted based on expansion of this subspecies. Mark Hoffman quotes Alvaro Jaramillo, an authority on geographical variation in this species: "the bird looks to be clearly in the cayennensis group (long legs, long black crest, no dark line on breast, slim shape, dull bill color etc.). I also think that based on some of those features as well as the brownish rather than grayish face, that is cayennensis, not a lampronotus from the south. The form cayennensis is the one in the north of South America, and the one that has expanded recently into Central America as well as Trinidad and Tobago. So it is the subspecies that would be expected as a vagrant in North America, or at least more expected than the other forms." Photo by Mark Hoffman. (MBP list)

A Southern Lapwing in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/17/2006). Photo by Mark Hoffman. (MBP list)

A Southern Lapwing in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/17/2006). Photo by Mark Hoffman. (MBP list)

A Southern Lapwing in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/17/2006). Photo by Mark Hoffman. (MBP list)

A Southern Lapwing in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/17/2006). Photo by Mark Hoffman. (MBP list)

A Southern Lapwing in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/17/2006). Photo by Mark Hoffman. (MBP list)


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