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Alternative names: Black-shouldered Lapwing; White-headed Lapwing; White-crowned Plover; White-headed Plover; White-crowned Wattled Plover

Vanellus albiceps
Photo by iainhawk
Location: Zambia


Wings and tail are patterned in black and white, brown back, white underparts, mainly grey head with a white crown and foreneck. The eyering, facial wattles and legs are yellow. Females, males and young birds are similar in plumage.


Sub-Saharan Africa.



This is a monotypic species[1].


Sandy riverbanks.


It breeds on exposed sand or shingle near rivers. 2-3 eggs are laid in a ground scrape.

The diet includes insects and other small invertebrates.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/

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