French: Vanneau à tête noire German: Schwarzschopfkiebitz Spanish: Avefría coletuda
Subspecies and Distribution
V. t. tectus
(Boddaert, 1783) – S Mauritania and Senegal to Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda and NW Kenya.
V. t. latifrons
(Reichenow, 1881) – S Somalia to E Kenya; recorded also in N Tanzania.
c. 25 cm; 100 g (nominate, one female), 99–120 g (latifrons). Crested lapwing with red wattles, black-and-white head, and pinkish-red legs; vertical black... read more
Vocalizations considered similar to those of V. spinosus, but less disagreeable in tone.... read more
Dry plains or desert, bare or with short grass, fixed sand dunes, dry woodland on lateritic or... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists of insects and their larvae and gastropods. Feeds mainly at night, resting in shade during the day.
Laying dates locally restricted by seasons, but varying geographically, peaking either during dry or rainy seasons, depending on region;... read more
Resident; local movements during rains noted in Mauritania, Mali and Nigeria; mainly dry-season... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No population estimates available, except 1000–10,000 birds in Mali; reported to be generally common to uncommon throughout... read more
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