Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Spot-breasted Lapwing (Vanellus melanocephalus)


Taxonomy

French: Vanneau d’Abyssinie German: Strichelbrustkiebitz Spanish: Avefría pechipinta
Taxonomy:

Lobivanellus melanocephalus

Rüppell

, 1845,

mountains of Simien, Ethiopia

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Formerly placed in Hoplopterus, Lobivanellus or monospecific Tylibyx. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Ethiopian Highlands.

Descriptive notes

c. 34 cm; two adults 199 and 228 g. Ashy brown with yellow wattles and black crown, chin and throat; white supercilium; upperparts with greenish tinge; breast distinctly... read more

Voice

Described as an unpleasant-sounding rasping, rather similar to that given by V. coronatus... read more

Habitat

Damp grassland, moorland with giant lobelia, giant heath, Alchemilla and tussock grass;... read more

Food and feeding

Diet undescribed. Typically forages by means of a quick run, followed by a pause and a survey of ground. Very mobile during the day, often... read more

Breeding

Season Apr in Bale Mts, Aug in Shewa district. Only one nest described, which was shallow scrape in patch of grass and moss, sited on tiny... read more

Movements

Sedentary, although some local movements probable: north of Gonder numbers increase during rainy... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No population estimates available, although anecdotal evidence suggests numbers have remained constant in recent decades; locally... read more

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Spot-breasted Lapwing (Vanellus melanocephalus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53804 on 23 November 2017).