The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Blacksmith Lapwing or Blacksmith Plover

Afrikaans name: Bontkiewiet

Blacksmith Lapwing

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Vanellus armatus

The call of the Blacksmith Lapwing, also known as a Blacksmith Plover, sounds like the noise of a blacksmiths hammer and gives them their common name.

They are normally encountered in pairs or small groups.

Their preferred habitat is wetland of a variety of types.

As man has developed more dams the numbers of these birds has increased. They are also found in areas of the country where they weren't found previously.

The Blacksmith Lapwing can be quite aggressive and will fly at and around intruders in its territory.

They feed on insects, molluscs, worms and crustaceans.

The nest is made in short grass normally near water.

During the breeding season they are normally found in pairs but may occur in small flocks at other times.


Blacksmith Lapwing

References and further reading

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 38

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 84

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 43

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Published: 1989 - Page: 148

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 17

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 103

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 47

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 139

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 168

Shorebirds - Author: P. Hayman, J. Marchant, T. Prater - Published: 1986 - Page: 260

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 149

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 166

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 175

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 231

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 229

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 169

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 133

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 122

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 122

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 410

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 60

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 116

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 30

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 28

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 31

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 180

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 86

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 57

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 92

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 86

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 34

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 112

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 42

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 76

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 142

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 142

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 115

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