Spur-Winged Plover

The Spur-Winged Plover (Vanellus spinosus) is also called the Spur-Winged Lapwing.

The Spur-Winged Plover is black, white, and grey, with a black crown and belly, with a strip of black from its chin to its chest. It has a black and white face, and neck, with a brown back. Its wings are brown, white and black. Its beak and legs are black, and its eyes are red.

Blacksmith Plover

Spur-Winged Plover

 

It can grow to 27 centimetres (10.5 inches) tall.

The Spur-Winged Plover is from East Africa, particularly in Kenya. It prefers to be close to freshwater, and likes to walk in mud, sand, gravel or short grass around the wetlands.

It lives on insects, worms, and small shellfish, such as crabs.

Female Spur-Winged Plovers lay 2-4 eggs on the ground in small hollows.

Blacksmith Plover

Spur-Winged Plover

Blacksmith Plover

Spur-Winged Plover

Spur-Winged Plover on its nest

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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