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White-crowned Lapwing - BirdForum Opus

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

Vanellus albiceps
Photo by iainhawk
Location: Zambia

Identification

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.

Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa.

Taxonomy

A monotypic species.

Habitat

Sandy riverbanks.

Behaviour

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.

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