The Crowned Lapwing

GoBundu will be issuing a weekly Birding Blog Post.  Each post will feature a bird that has been sighted by GoBundu on their travels around Southern Mozambique over the last 16 years, together with a link that takes you to the exact google earth location where the specific bird was sighted.  If you are a keen birder keep an eye on GoBundu Facebook page and Blog every Wednesday for specific locations where you can spot various birdlife.

Crowned Lapwing

Click here to view the precise sighting location that GoBundu saw a Crowned Lapwing:  

Gobundu spotted a pair of Crowned Lapwings in an open grass area just off the tar road leading from the Kosi Bay border post to Maputo (click on the above google earth link to view the exact sighting spot).  This specific spot was teaming with various different kinds of Lapwings and ground running birds - very good birding spot.  Other birds seen in this same spot where:

Temmincks courser
Blacksmith Lapwing
Senegal Lapwing (Black-Winged Lapwing)
Crowned Plover

A large, unmistakable plover, with its black cap surrounded by a white ‘halo’.  The legs and basal part of the bill are red.  The sandy brown breast is separated from the white belly by a black band.

Habitat:  Short grassland (either grazed or burnt), also on gold courses, play8ing fields and fallow land.  Aggregates in small flocks especially when breeding.  Regularly associated with Black-Winged Lapwings.

Status:  Common resident.

Call:  A noisy species, uttering a loud, grating ‘kreep’ day and night.
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Happy Birding!

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