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  White-crowned Lapwing

    (White-crowned Plover)

 

Vanellus albiceps

(259) 30 cm; 193 g

SEXES  Alike, M> F. Best distinguishing features separating it from African Wattled Plover are black and white wing pattern, white breast and belly, and longer yellow wattles (lacking red at base). Forehead and central crown white and long sharp carpal spurs usually visible. Flight feathers extensively white, with only outer 3 primaries black.

JUV  Like ad but with less white on crown and throat, upperparts lightly mottled buff; spurs and wattles smaller.

STATUS  Uncommon to rare resident in this region and regarded as Near Threatened. Restricted to major river systems with sandy shores, generally sedentary but moves when water levels become too low. In pairs or small groups of 6-12 birds during non-br season.

HABITAT  Sand and mudbanks of large rivers at low altitudes, and along shores of lakes and dams.

FOOD  Mainly insects; worms, molluscs, small crustaceans, frogs and even small fish.

CALL  Sharp high-pitched pipi peek, peeuw or kyip and similar notes.

BR  Monogamous. Nest a shallow scrape in sand, usually not far from water, and vulnerable to unseasonal early flooding. Clutch of 2-4 eggs incubated both sexes for about 26 days.

ALT NAME  White-crowned Plover.

 

 

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Lwc001

Chobe

Camera: Canon 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Lwc002

Chobe

(showing carpal spurs)

Camera: Canon 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Lwc003

Chobe

Camera: Canon 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

   

 

 

 

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