At the Detroit Zoo
The spur-winged lapwing can be found inside the Matilda R. Wilson Free-Flight Aviary where more than 30 species of birds are free to fly, walk or swim among the cover of lush tropical plants in a warm and inviting climate.
The spur-winged lapwing has an olive-brown back with a white neck and belly, and black legs, spurs and beak.
Spur-winged plovers use their yellow spurs when diving from above to scare potential predators or intruders away from their nest or chicks.
The bird’s call sounds like an alarm clock going off. Humans tend to not like the sound because it typically occurs at night.