French: Vanneau à tête blanche German: Weißscheitelkiebitz Spanish: Avefría coroniblanca
Other common names:
Niger River or Fernando Po
Senegambia and Sierra Leone E to South Sudan, and S through W & C DRCongo to NW Angola; W Uganda#R,SE Tanzania; R Zambezi and S Mozambique.
28–32 cm; 161–214 g. Lapwing with large yellow wattles, distinctive white crown band, and long black carpal spurs; wings extensively white, with outer primaries... read more
A single, high-pitched, ringing and often-repeated “pew” or “peeuw”, with a quality reminiscent of... read more
Sandy riverbanks in open country and forests; prefers large rivers with sandbanks or islands;... read more
Food and feeding
Takes insects, including beetles, ants, mantids and mutillid wasps; worms, molluscs, crustaceans and small fish; also some vegetable matter... read more
Laying Jan–Mar (Dec–May) in W & C Africa; Jul–Oct (Nov) in SE Africa (e.g. Zambia); mainly during dry season.... read more
In W Africa, migrates to drier areas when rivers flood, with movements recorded in Gambia, Sierra... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population estimated to number 56,000–128,000 birds, of which 30,000–70,000 in W & C Africa, 6000–8000 in... read more
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