The northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) is a wader, preferring open habitats that contain plenty of water, like marshes, mud flats, sewage farms, flooded land, and ploughed fields near water. In Europe, "lapwing" often refers specifically to the northern lapwing, the only member of this group to occur in most of the continent. But lapwings (Vanellinae) are any of various crested plovers, family Charadriidae, noted for its slow, irregular wingbeat in flight and a shrill, wailing cry. Lapwing refers to its pretence of injury by dragging its wing to lure predators away from the nest. The lapwing's alternative name, peewit, mimics its distinctive, two-syllable call. It is also known as a green plover.