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  Crowned Lapwing

      (Crowned Plover)

 

Vanellus coronatus

(255) 31 cm; 185 g

SEXES  Alike, M > F. Sandy brown upperparts, bright red bill and legs, and distinctive head pat­tern unlike any other Vanellus plover. Legs and bill duller, more pinkish red in non-br season.

JUV  Forehead buff-brown, crown band buffy. Upperparts buff fringed.

STATUS  Common resident, sedentary but undertakes local movements to more suitable habitats (shorter grass) if necessary; non-br flocks 10-40 birds.

HABITAT  Short grassland and bare open areas. Favours man-modified habitats such as sports fields, airfields and golf courses.

FOOD  Mainly termites; also other invertebrates. CALL Strident shreeek, shreeek calls, accelerating to excited kreeip­kreeip-kreeip... notes in flight.

BR  Monogamous. Nest a shallow scrape lined with dry grass, small stones and dried dung.

ALT NAME  Crowned Plover.

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Lwc001

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lwc002

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lwc003

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lwc004

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lwc005

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L

 

 

Lwc006

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lwc007

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lwc008

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Lwc009

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Lwc010

Deception Valley, CKGR

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Lwc011

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lwc012

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lwc013

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lwc014

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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