French: Vanneau armé German: Schmiedekiebitz Spanish: Avefría armada
Other common names:
Klaarwater (= Griquatown), South Africa
Angola to C Tanzania and CS Kenya, and S (except on coast of Namibia) to South Africa.
28–31 cm; 114–213 g. Medium-sized lapwing with contrasting plumage colours; glossy black face, foreneck and back, white crown and hindneck, grey upperwing-coverts... read more
Metallic alarm call “tink-tink” recalls blacksmith’s hammer on anvil, which is repeated with... read more
Dry areas near water, such as lagoons, lakes, rivers, dams, waterholes, sewage farms and marshes;... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on molluscs, crustaceans, worms and insects in typical plover style. Also forages by foot-trembling, pecking from water surface while... read more
Laying in all months throughout range; frequently at start of dry season, especially Jul–Oct (peak Aug–Sept) in S Africa, but... read more
Mainly sedentary. Occurs as non-breeding migrant in DRCongo and a vagrant in Burundi. Local... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No population estimates available; generally common to locally abundant. In Zimbabwe, has benefited from increasing availability of... read more
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