French: Vanneau du Sénégal German: Senegalkiebitz Spanish: Avefría senegalesa
Other common names:
African Wattled Lapwing
Subspecies and Distribution
V. s. senegallus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – SW Mauritania, Senegambia and NW Sierra Leone E to Sudan, NE DRCongo and N Uganda.
V. s. major
(Neumann, 1914) – W & C Ethiopia and Eritrea.
V. s. lateralis
A. Smith, 1839 – S Congo and Angola E to S Uganda, and S through W Tanzania, S DRCongo, Zambia and Malawi to N Namibia, N Botswana, Zimbabwe, S Mozambique and NE South Africa.
c. 34 cm; 160–287 g. Large yellow and red wattles; long yellow legs; yellow bill, with some black on culmen towards tip; black carpal spurs; plumage mainly brown, with... read more
A series of very rapidly delivered “peep” notes that become a staccato “yip-yip”, given in... read more
Wide variety of lowland habitats; in Ethiopia and rest of E Africa occurs up to 2200 m, with... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly insects, such as grasshoppers, locusts, beetles, crickets, termites and various aquatic insects; also worms and grass seeds.... read more
Laying dates geographically very variable, depending on rains; Mar–Jun in Nigeria and season probably identical in Ghana; most... read more
Resident and dispersive, sometimes nomadic. Movements dependent on water levels and rains, but... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population of nominate race estimated at 25,000–60,000 individuals, of which up to c. 5000 in Mali, while that of race ... read more
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