French: Vanneau à ailes noires German: Schwarzflügelkiebitz Spanish: Avefría lugubroide
Other common names:
Greater Black-winged Lapwing
Djedda (Jeddah), Arabia
Subspecies and Distribution
V. m. melanopterus
(Cretzschmar, 1829) – Eritrea and Ethiopia.
V. m. minor
(Zedlitz, 1908) – SW Kenya to CN Tanzania; E South Africa (Mpumalanga S to E Western Cape and Eastern Cape) and Swaziland; winters on coast, from extreme S Mozambique to E Western Cape.
26–27 cm; 163–214 g (race minor). Very similar to V. lugubris, but larger, with legs averaging slightly shorter; sheen on upperparts bronze to... read more
Gives varied loud cries and screaming calls, including a harsh “tlu-wit” and “che-che-che-chereck... read more
Often occupies highland plains and grassland on high plateaux, mountain slopes, open plains and dry... read more
Food and feeding
Molluscs, worms, adult and larval insects, such as beetles and flies, sometimes small fish. Often feeds in vicinity of wild or domestic... read more
Laying Mar–Jul in Ethiopia; year-round in Kenya and Tanzania, depending on rains, and avoiding wettest period; Jul–Oct in South... read more
Resident and intra-African migrant: migratory in most of E Africa, but sedentary in Ethiopia,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status of race melanopterus poorly known, but pre-migratory flocks of several thousand birds recorded in W Kenya, and... read more
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