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  African Wattled Lapwing

    (Wattled Plover)

 

Vanellus senegallus

(260) 35 cm; 254 g

SEXES  Alike. Largest lapwing in region. Red bases to wattles, streaked neck, grey breast, lack of white collar across hindneck, and in flight much less white in wings all features that separate it from White-crowned Lapwing. Conspicuous yellow legs differentiate it from both Senegal and Black-winged lapwings. Black carpal spurs not usually visible.

JUV  Less white on forehead, small wattles, greyish bill and pale yellow legs.

STATUS  Fairly common resident, with some local migratory and nomadic movements recorded after br. Found singly, in pairs and ill flocks in non-br season. Often associated with low termite mounds, which it uses as lookout perches.

HABITAT  Waterlogged or moist short grassland, on the edge of seeps, streams, marshes and floodplains. Forages in adjacent agricultural lands, burnt grassland and occurs around human habitation in non-br season.

FOOD  Mainly insects such as grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, crickets and termites; also worms and some grass seeds.

CALL  High-pitched keep-keep-keep..., rising in pitch. Very noisy during br season, often calling at night.

BR  Monogamous. Nest scrape usually placed on bare ground or in short damp or dry grassland.

ALT NAME  Wattled Plover.

 

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Lww001

Savuti

Camera: Canon 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lww002

Savuti

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Lww003

Savuti

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Lww004

Savuti

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Lww005

Savuti

Camera: Canon 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lww006

Savuti

Camera: Canon 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lww007

Savuti

Camera: Canon 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lww008

Etosha

Camera: Canon 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

 

 

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