French: Vanneau à ailes blanches German: Langzehenkiebitz Spanish: Avefría palustre
Subspecies and Distribution
V. c. crassirostris
(Hartlaub, 1855) – South Sudan through Uganda, E DRCongo, Kenya and Tanzania to N Malawi; also L Chad (NE Nigeria and Chad).
V. c. leucopterus
Reichenow, 1889 – Tanzania, SE DRCongo, Zambia and Malawi to E Angola, N Botswana and NE South Africa; also W Angola.
c. 31 cm; 162–225 g. Long-legged and unusually long-toed lapwing; nape, hindneck and breast black with bluish gloss, face and throat white; upperparts dark greyish... read more
Gives a repeated, metallic clicking “kick-k-k-k”, or “kick-kick”, as well... read more
Forages on surface of floating vegetation in stagnant water, e.g. lakes, pools and marshes; also... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on aquatic insects, larvae, dragonfly nymphs, beetles, ants and small snails. Unlike any other Vanellus species, feeds... read more
Laying probably mainly Dec–Mar in C Africa, Sept in Sudan, Apr in Ethiopia, Jun–Sept in Uganda, Jun–Oct in Malawi, Jul... read more
Mainly sedentary, unless habitat dries up. Some movements between habitats have been observed in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). S African population estimated at number 25,000–50,000 individuals, with < 5000 in L Chad Basin, but no estimate for those... read more
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