lapwing (peewit) Any of several species of birds, especially the Eurasian lapwing, Vanellus vanellus, a wading bird with a conspicuous crest. It commonly nests in open agricultural land and defends its young by luring predators away, feigning a broken wing. Length: 30cm (12in). Family Charadriidae.
lapwing traditional allusions to this bird refer to its crested head, its technique of distracting an enemy from its nest by crying loudly at a distance from it, or by offering itself as quarry to be followed, and to the belief that the newly-hatched lapwing runs about with its head in the shell.
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