Northern Lapwing

Detail of  my Northern Lapwings.

The Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) is also known as a Peewit. In Dutch it is a ‘Kievit’. When you pronounce ‘Peewit’ or ‘Kievit’, you get the sound this bird makes. Peewit and Kievit are therefore onomatopoeia. An onomatopoeia is a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes. Lapwings lay their coloured eggs from late March to early June, and chicks hatch 3-4 weeks later. They are covered in down when they hatch, and are able to walk about and feed within hours.

It is amazing that the parents do not feed their chicks. That is probably because the parents spend their time on getting their vulnerable chicks to suitable feeding areas. The parents are brave and aggressive when defending their chicks. Ever walked into a meadow where there are chicks? Mind your head! A Lapwing parent will try, as a spitfire aircraft, to attack your head. Or it will pretend to be dreadfully hurt, for instance showing a lame wing and in need for help, to get you away from their chicks. Do I need to show you how adorable Lapwing chicks are?

Paula Kuitenbrouwer

To view the finished lapwing-drawing: click here.

Paula Kuitenbrouwer sells exquisite fine art cards of her drawings as well as reproductions, and of some drawings smaller business-, gift- or mummy-cards. See Purchase in the header for what is available as well as the price list. In case you like to commission Paula, contact her at

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