Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Andean Lapwing (Vanellus resplendens)


French: Vanneau des Andes German: Andenkiebitz Spanish: Avefría andina

Charadrius resplendens


, 1843,

Andes of Peru


Formerly placed in monospecific Ptiloscelys. Monotypic.


Andes from SW Colombia (Cauca) to N Chile (Antofagasta) and NW Argentina (Catamarca).

Descriptive notes

c. 33 cm; 193–230 g. Creamy-grey head with dark brownish-grey eye-patch, bronzy-green upperparts, purple patch on wing-coverts, and dark grey breast ending in sharp... read more


Generally noisy. Occasionally given is a soft querulous “cow” note with a tern-like quality,... read more


Breeds in open grassy areas, shore meadows, open parts of marshes, rushy pasture and boggy terrain... read more

Food and feeding

No information available.


Eggs found mainly Oct–Dec, occasionally Jan or Feb. One nest on barren ground was lined with plant material, a depression in the... read more


Essentially resident, with only altitudinal migration, birds descending slopes during austral... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No population estimates available. Locally very common at 3000–4500 m, but also rather localized, e.g. in Ecuador. Occupation... read more

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Andean Lapwing (Vanellus resplendens). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2020).