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Black-winged Lapwing / Black-winged Plover

Afrikaans name: Grootswartvlerkkiewiet

Adult Black-winged Lapwing

Above - Black-winged Lapwing

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Vanellus melanopterus

The Black-winged Lapwing used to be called the Black-winged Plover. This bird is normally seen in small groups in areas with short grass. These groups are territorial and defend their territories vocally and with aerial displays.

There are two distinct population groups of this species in Africa. One group is found in South Africa and the other in Kenya through to Ethiopia. There are no movements between the two regions although they do have some local minor migrations.

Termites make up the biggest portion of the Black-winged Lapwings diet but they also eat other insects such as ants and beetles. Earth worms are also eaten.

A pair will make their nest in short grassland, especially areas that have been burnt recently. They normally lay three eggs. Both parents share the incubation duties and take turns of 1 to 2 hours before swopping.

Black-winged Lapwing

Above - A Black-winged Lapwing in its typical grassland habitat

Photo © Steven Herbert



List of South African Birds

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