Nonnatives - Southern Lapwing

Southern Lapwing - Vanellus chilensis

Florida's Exotic Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1950's

Extirpated year: 1960's

Established status: Species were formerly present in Florida, but are no longer present.

Estimated Florida range: 6 counties  Not reported breeding

Statewide trend: No current population

Threats to natives:  Unknown.

Species Account: Sightings of this bird are most likely escapes, since the closest natural occurrence is Panama, and these birds are not prone to wandering great distances (Stevenson and Anderson 1994).

Habitats: Agricultural habitat, Freshwater marsh

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Broward 1950's   Not reported breeding  
Collier 1959   Not reported breeding  
Dade 1950's   Not reported breeding  
Monroe 1950's 1960's Not reported breeding  
Orange 1950's   Not reported breeding  
Palm Beach 1959   Not reported breeding  


Robertson, W. B., and G. E. Woolfenden. 1992. Florida bird species: an annotated list. Florida Ornithological Society, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Stevenson, H. M., and B. H. Anderson. 1994. The birdlife of Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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