(259) 30 cm; 193 g
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
Like ad but with less white on crown and throat, upperparts lightly
mottled buff; spurs and wattles smaller.
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.
Sand and mudbanks of large rivers at low altitudes, and along
shores of lakes and dams.
Mainly insects; worms, molluscs, small crustaceans, frogs and even
Sharp high-pitched pipi peek, peeuw or kyip and similar notes.
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.
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