French: Vanneau couronné German: Kronenkiebitz Spanish: Avefría coronada
Other common names:
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
V. c. demissus
(Friedmann, 1928) – N & C Somalia and SE Ethiopia.
V. c. coronatus
(Boddaert, 1783) – Ethiopia S through E Africa to Angola and South Africa; marginal in SW Somalia.
20–34 cm; 126–200 g (coronatus). Very distinctive horizontal black and white bands surrounding black crown; pale brownish above and on breast, with... read more
In flight both sexes give a loud, grating, rolling “kerrrrit” screech that rises in pitch and is... read more
Wide variety of dry, open habitats, treeless or sparsely wooded: savanna, open patches in thornbush... read more
Food and feeding
Food includes insects and their larvae, especially termites, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets and ants; possibly earthworms. Most active at... read more
Breeds during dry season, when fires occur, but timing very variable geographically: year-round in E Africa, but depending on rains, e.g.... read more
Commonly resident, but some erratic movements; in E Africa, some birds resident, others dispersive... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Nominate race estimated to number 400,000–900,000 individuals; rather common and widespread throughout extensive range.... read more
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