African Wattled Lapwing
(260) 35 cm; 254 g
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
Less white on forehead, small wattles, greyish bill and pale yellow
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.
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
Mainly insects such as grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars,
crickets and termites; also worms and some grass seeds.
High-pitched keep-keep-keep..., rising in pitch. Very noisy during
br season, often calling at night.
Monogamous. Nest scrape usually placed on bare ground or in short
damp or dry grassland.
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