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African Wattled Lapwing

The African Wattled Lapwing or Senegal Wattled Plover (Vanellus senegallus) is a species of wading bird of the family Charadriidae. It is found in most of sub-Saharan Africa outside the rainforests. Although it is mostly a resident species, it does show seasonal movements. Its thrives in wet lowlands and damp grassland.

It is a readily noticeable and unmistakable bird. It is brown with a black crown, white forehead and large yellow facial wattles. The tail is white and tipped black. The long legs are yellow. The upperwings have black flight feathers and brown coverts separated by a white bar. The underwings are white with black flight feathers. Its call is a loud peep-peep.

The diet of the African Wattled Lapwing consists of insects and other invertebrates that it picks from the ground. Foraging is done in drier habitats, such as golf courses.

The African Wattled Lapwing is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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African Wattled Lapwing


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