French: Vanneau à éperons German: Spornkiebitz Spanish: Avefría espinosa
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E Mediterranean and Middle East to SW Iran#R, and in Africa up R Nile to C & S Sudan; also S of Sahara from S Mauritania and Senegal through Nigeria to Ethiopia and Somalia, and S to Uganda, Kenya and N & E Tanzania, perhaps spreading to N Zambia#R.
25–28 cm; 127–177 g; wingspan 69–81 cm. Crown, forehead and throat black, cheeks and sides of neck white; slight crest not normally apparent; breast, upper... read more
Noisy alarm calls reminiscent of those of V. armatus, a sharp metallic “pitt”... read more
Usually on dry ground, but rarely far from water. Inhabits great variety of habitats, including... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mainly on insects and their larvae, especially beetles; also grasshoppers, flies, midges, termites, ants, spiders, myriapods;... read more
In tropical Africa, laying dates usually locally restricted, but considerable geographical variation; Israel Mar–Sept; Turkey early... read more
In Africa resident, locally making erratic movements; in places moves into drier areas during rainy... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Probably 25,000–100,000 birds in SE Europe, SW Asia and Egypt. No population estimate available for rest of Africa, but 1000... read more
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