Alternative name: Blacksmith Plover
- Vanellus armatus
28–31 cm (11-12¼ in)
- White belly, nape patch, underwings, rump
- Grey upperwing-coverts
- Tail black and white
- Rest of plumage black
- Carpal wing spurs (sometimes hidden in feathers)
- Red eyes
- Very long legs
Africa, south of the Sahara:
Western Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Swaziland
Pairs and scattered individuals frequent the shores of a wide variety inland waters and in marshy ground, flooded fields and other moist places.
Their diet consists of insects, worms, snails, seeds, molluscs and crustaceans.
The nest is a ground scrape, formed by both adults. The clutch contains 4 eggs; incubation starts once the last egg is laid and lasts for 23-31 days. Both parents incubate the eggs.
Call: Clink, clink (sounding like a blacksmith hammering metal).
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/2F23EDC6]. Retrieved 16 January 2021
- Honolulu Zoo
- BF Member observations
- Wiersma, P., G. M. Kirwan, and P. F. D. Boesman (2020). Blacksmith Lapwing (Vanellus armatus), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.blaplo1.01.1
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Blacksmith Lapwing. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 24 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Blacksmith_Lapwing