Lapwing (also called Pewit, and Green Plover), an Old World shorebird that is sometimes seen on the east coasts of the United States and Canada. A handsome bird, about 13 inches (33 cm) long, the lapwing has an iridescent green back and a long, greenish-black crest. Its wings, head, throat, and upper breast are black; its tail also is black, with a broad white band across the tip.

The lapwing has a shrill, catlike cry and is noted for its slow, irregular flopping flight. It nests as far north as Iceland, Greenland, and Norway, and spends its summers chiefly in India and Africa. The eggs were once prized in Europe, and the bird itself is hunted for food.

The lapwing is Vanellus vanellus of the plover family, Charadriidae.

The lapwingThe lapwing has an iridescent green back and a long, greenish-black crest.