Appearance A medium-sized bird of 13.5" (34cm), although large by Plover standards. A yellow bill with black tip. Distinctive yellow facial wattles (longer in males) and small red wattles beneath the white forecrown. A black throat and flight feathers. The bird's plumage is brown, with white separating the plumage and flight feathers. Long, yellow legs.
Habits The African Wattled Plover is a confiding bird, usually seen in pairs and near water.
Diet The African Wattled Plover eats insects, crustaceans, invertebrates and small vertebrates. They alternate between standing and running, sometimes foot-trembling, to dislodge prey.
Resident The African Wattled Plover is numerous in Masai Mara reserve and locally common in wet grasslands or marsh edges along the Great Rift lakes and Lake Victoria.
Extra African Wattled Plover Facts African Wattled Plovers have spurs on the 'elbows' of their wings, hidden by their feathers. Often used in fighting for territory.
Photographs Photographed in Kenya's Masai Mara & Olare Orok Conservancy.