The Masked lapwing (Vanellus miles) previously known as the masked plover and often called the spur-winged plover or just plover in its native range, is native to Australia and New Zealand. It spends most of its time on the ground searching for food such as insects and worms and has several distinctive calls. The Masked Lapwing is mainly white below, with brown wings and back and a black crown. Birds have large yellow wattles covering the face, and are equipped with a thorny spur that projects from the wrist on each wing. The sexes are similar, although the male tends to have a larger spur.