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White-crowned lapwing, Vanellus albiceps

The white-crowned lapwing, white-headed lapwing, white-headed plover or white-crowned plover (Vanellus albiceps) is a medium-sized wader. It is resident throughout tropical Africa, usually near large rivers.

White-crowned lapwing, Vanellus albiceps

White-crowned lapwing, Vanellus albiceps
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Description
This lapwing is unmistakable. Its wings and tail are strikingly patterned in black and white, the back is brown and the underparts white. The head is particularly striking, being mainly grey, but with a white crown and foreneck. The eyering, facial wattles and legs are yellow. Females, males and young birds are similar in plumage.

Behaviour
It is a wader which breeds on exposed sand or shingle near rivers. 2–3 eggs are laid in a ground scrape. The nest and young are defended noisily and aggressively against all intruders, up to and including the hippopotamus.

Food is mainly insects and other small invertebrates. This species often feeds in small flocks when not breeding.

Status
The white-crowned lapwing is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Listen to the White-crowned lapwing

Remarks from the Recordist

Single call by a bird at rest on a river bank


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Conservation status
White-crowned lapwing, Vanellus albiceps
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2.
International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.



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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 13th of November 2014
Location: Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana


White-crowned lapwing, Vanellus albiceps
White-crowned lapwing - 13 November 2014 - Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana



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