The lapwing is a medium sized wader, about 30cm long, and is also known in Norfolk as the peewit or green plover. On first impression lapwings look black and white but closer inspection will show the most beautiful green and purple iridescent plumage covering the back. The crown is black and the bird has a broad black breast-band. The under parts and cheeks are white with chestnut coloured under-tail coverts. Adult birds have a long crest. In winter the plumage fades somewhat, but the general pattern is maintained although the back feathers have buff edges giving them a scaly appearance. Lapwings have a very distinctive and mournful call of ‘pee-wit’ which gives the bird its country name.