nvanellusA genus of plover-like grallatorial birds, of the family Charadriidæ, having four toes, a long recurved occipital crest, lustrous plumage, and no spur on the wing; the true lapwings. It includes the well-known pewit or lapwing of Europe, V. cristatus, and a few similar species. See cuts under lapwing, plover (egg), and Pressirostres.
The teru-tero (Vanellus cayanus) is another bird which often disturbs the stillness of the night.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin