African Wattled Plover (Vanellus senegallus)
aka African Wattled Lapwing

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.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:african wattled lapwing, african wattled plover, bird, kenya, lapwing, plover, wildlife

African Wattled Plover ~ Preening

African Wattled Plover, preening itself in early morning sunlight.

African Wattled Plover

Side profile of African Wattled Plover, in early morning light.

African Wattled Plover ~ Looking Over Shoulder

African Wattled Plover standing, looking over shoulder.

African Wattled Plover ~ "Bowing"

African Wattled Plover, standing, wing out, "bowing".

African Wattled Plover ~ Standing On Mound

African Wattled Plover ~ Standing On Mound

African Wattled Plover ~ Juvenile

African Wattled Plover juvenile walking in Kenya's Masai Mara

African Wattled Plover ~ Walking

African Wattled Plover, almost running in Kenya's Masai Mara.

African Wattled Plover ~ Preening, Head Bent Sharply

African Wattled Plover (Lapwing), preening, with head bent sharply round.

African Wattled Plover ~ Walking

African Wattled Plover (Lapwing), walking, caught with leg raised, showing foot.

African Wattled Plover ~ Bending

An African Wattled Plover, bending to pick up an egg.

African Wattled Plover ~ With Egg

African Wattled Plover (Lapwing) with egg in its beak.

African Wattled Plover ~ Eating

African Wattled Plover (Lapwing), bending down, collecting insects to eat.

African Wattled Plover ~ 'Goose-Stepping'

African Wattled Plover (Lapwing) walking with a high step, showing foot structure.

African Wattled Plover ~ Searching

African Wattled Plover (Lapwing), bent over, searching for insects.

Wattled Plover ~ Portrait

African Wattled Plover, facing the camera, head turned.