The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Crowned Lapwing / Crowned Plover

Afrikaans name: Kroonkiewiet

Crowned Lapwing, or Plover, preening at Tala Game Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Vanellus coronatus

The Crowned Lapwing is also known as the Crowned Plover. This is a very common bird which is found across virtually the whole of South Africa. It is also widespread across the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.

This Lapwing can be found in drier grasslands and in most other places with sparse vegetation. It can often be seen in areas of short-grass on roadside verges. They make their presence known as they call regularly and chase íntruders' off their territory.

Male and female are similar in looks. They grow to a length of about 30 cm.

Crowned Lapwings mainly feed on insects from termites through to grasshoppers.

A simple nest is made on the ground. It may be surrounded by pebbles or bits of vegetation.

References and further reading

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 30

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Published: 1989 - Page: 152

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

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

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

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 113

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 16

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 102

Shorebirds - Author: P. Hayman, J. Marchant, T. Prater - Published: 1986 - Page: 267

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 166

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 170

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 164

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 226

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 228

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 173

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

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 47

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

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 23

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 131

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 179

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 124

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

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 114

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

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

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

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 111

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

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 84

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 56

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 91

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

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 14

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