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Spur-winged Lapwing - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Spur-winged Plover
Disambiguation: this is the African and Middle Eastern species. For the species from Australia and New Zealand, see Masked Lapwing

Photo © by Scottishdude
The Gambia, March, 2010
Vanellus spinosus


25–28 cm (9¾-11 in)

  • Black crown, chest, throat and tail
  • White face
  • Light brown wings and back
  • Black bill and legs


Photo © by A. Meir
Eilat, Israel, July 2007

Africa: found from Senegambia to the Red Sea, north-eastern Tanzania and eastern Mediterranean.


This is a monotypic species[1].


A variety of aquatic habitats; river-side marshes, flooded fields, damp grassland and mangroves



The diet includes insects and other invertebrates, which are picked from the ground.


The clutch consists of 2 blotchy yellowish eggs which are laid in a ground scrape.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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