(255) 31 cm; 185 g
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.
buff-brown, crown band buffy. Upperparts buff fringed.
resident, sedentary but undertakes local movements to more suitable
habitats (shorter grass) if necessary; non-br flocks 10-40 birds.
grassland and bare open areas. Favours man-modified habitats such as
sports fields, airfields and golf courses.
termites; also other invertebrates. CALL Strident shreeek, shreeek
calls, accelerating to excited kreeipkreeip-kreeip... notes in
Nest a shallow scrape lined with dry grass, small stones and dried
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