French: Pluvian fluviatile German: Krokodilwächter Spanish: Pluvial
Sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to W Eritrea and W Ethiopia, S to N DRCongo and N Uganda and narrowly into lower basin of R Congo (DRCongo) and extreme N Angola. Formerly extended N along R Nile into Egypt, where now extinct.
19–22 cm; 73–92 g; wingspan 47–51 cm. Centre of back, crown, broad eyestripe and breastband black, edged with white; supercilium white; wing-coverts and... read more
Commonest vocalization is a loud “chersk”, often given in flight, and usually uttered... read more
Large lowland tropical rivers with sand and gravel bars; generally avoids heavily forested regions... read more
Food and feeding
Worms, molluscs, aquatic insects (both adults and larvae), small flies; said also to eat seeds and particles of scavenged fish. Food... read more
Mainly Jan to Apr or May N of equator when water levels low, although small chick in Ghana in late Nov; season not recorded in S parts of... read more
Local movements in response to changes of water levels are common (e.g. in Ghana), but longer... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Appears to be common over most of range, although it is considered uncommon in Angola, where restricted to two river systems, the... read more
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