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For the first time in the Iberian Peninsula, a white-tailed lapwing is observed from the MónNatura Delta de l'Ebre viewpoint

A specimen of white-tailed lapwing (Vanellus leucurus) can be seen these days from the MónNatura Delta de l'Ebre viewpoint. This is an exceptional observation as it had never before been seen in the Iberian Peninsula.

The white-tailed lapwing breeds in the steppes of Central Asia and hibernates in East Africa and India. It is a scarce migrant that passes through the Middle and Near East, but is a great rarity in the Ebro Delta. It is a bird similar in shape and size to the more common common grebe, but with white stripes on the top of the tail and on the wings. It is the only flatfish likely to be seen in water that is not very shallow, where it bites insects and other small prey mainly from the surface.

During migration and in hibernating areas, this bird inhabits wetlands and wet areas in general. The environment around MónNatura Delta de l'Ebre was chosen by this specimen to spend this winter. The ecological restoration carried out by the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera, which manages MónNatura Delta, along with the LIFE Delta Lagoon project has certainly been a determining factor in its decision to stay here. It is most likely that it will return to Central Asia when the prenuptial or spring migration begins, which will begin in the next few days.

The LIFE Delta Lagoon project, which the Foundation carried out from 2009 to 2014, improved the ecological status of the Alfacada and Tancada lagoons, through habitat restoration and the application of management measures .

The bird has been spotted during the periodic observations carried out by the MónNatura Delta de l'Ebre team of environmental educators.


Photo: Marius Domingo              News summary photo: David Bigas