lordro's picture

Peewits, or...

Observed: 14th February 2011 By: lordrolordro’s reputation in Birdslordro’s reputation in Birdslordro’s reputation in Birds
Lapwings and Starlings

...Lapwings: the latter name now seeming to be the one universally given in field guides. However, when I was a child, in the 1960s we always knew them as Peewits. Is this now an archaic term, or perhaps it is Regional: I grew up in Suffolk.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Peewit (Vanellus vanellus) interacts


DWRay's picture

Peewit ( Vanellus vanellus )

In my area in Ireland they were also called Peewits. A play on their call I expect. They were also known as Lapwings, Green Plover and Philabeen (local and most commonly used). There are many others. A good example for the use of scientific names for identification..

lordro's picture

Peewits, Lapwings & Philabeens!

Thank you for "philabeen", which sounds like an Irish word to me- although it too could be an onomatapoea.

RoyW's picture

Names (and inter-species mixing).

Most birds (and other wildlife) will have been known by local names, and in many cases these names are still used.
Usually one name becomes the most commonly used one, typically helped by being 'officially' chosen as the 'correct' name.
Peewit, Lapwing, and Green Plover all became fairly widely used names for this species in the UK, but Lapwing, or more specifically Northern Lapwing, is now generally acknowledged as the standard English language name for the species (all members of the Vanellus genus are now known as Lapwings - although many will still be referred to using previous names!).

Lapwings will mix with any species that are using the same habitats as them. The typical example is Golden Plover, which are regularly found within flocks of Lapwings on farmland during the winter.