Long-Toed Plover

The Long-Toed Plover, or Long-Toed Lapwing (Vanellus crassirostris) is an African bird that looks similar to the Crowned Plover (but without the crown).

The Long-Toed Plover has a brown back, white chest and face, with a black band at the back of the head and neck. It has pink legs with long toes.

Long-toed lapwing

Long-Toed Plover (Lapwing)

The Long-Toed Plover grows to about 31 centimetres (12 inches).

They like to live near water, such as lakes and wetlands. They feed on aquatic insects, beetles, ants, and small snails.

They generally do not migrate, preferring to stay in their own habitat. However, if there is a drought, they will move to find water.

Long-toed Lapwing, chick

Long-Toed Plover and her chick

Long-toed Lapwing, chick

Long-Toed Plover and her chick

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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