The Sunday BIRD Volume 9 Issue 34 February 16, 2014

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K1W1 55
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Re: Spurwing Plover

CollBaxter wrote:

Nice they look similar to our wattled plover. These big plovers are a throw back from prehistoric day with a claw in the wing. Our spur winged geese use them when fighting.

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And the face shield must be a throwback too, ours also use the spur for fighting and aren't really plovers but a self-introduced bird that was originally a native to Australia only, where it is called the masked lapwing. The Northern Hemisphere Spurwiing Plover that breeds in the Mediterranean, is not related to this species either, and is also a lapwing rather than a true plover. It wasn’t until the 1930’s that a pair were recorded as breeding here, at Invercargill airport. Initially, they stayed within coastal Southland, but by the 1950’s they had spread to inland areas, then central Otago. By the late 1960’s they had spread to the rest of the South Island and Stewart Island, and in the 1970’s were first recorded as breeding in the North Island.well according to here that is

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