Masked Lapwing

Vanellus miles

Masked Lapwings (or plovers as they are commonly known) have adapted readily to parks and verges created in urban areas.  Plover nests are a simple scrape in the ground and incubation takes around 28 days. The chicks are able to follow their parents only a few hours after hatching. The eggs and chicks are very vulnerable to predation and the adults are devoted and protective parents and will try to drive away any perceived threat.

The parents vocalise loudly and swoop but rarely make contact. While they do have remnant thumbs or spurs on their wings, these are not poisonous as often stated and purely ornamental. 

Their defensive behaviour reduces once the parents can lead their chicks away to safer areas.