Long-toed Plover (Vanellus crassirostris)

Long-toed Plovers are medium-sized, 12" (31cm) pied birds, with unmistakeable white foreheads, face, foreneck and belly - the only Plover to have this look, plus its reddish-pink and black bill, red legs and red eyes with a pink eye-ring. A black hind-neck and breast that join to make a broad breast-band. Upperparts are grey-brown. A tall, slim-looking bird, due to its long legs and neck.

Long-toed Plovers are usually seen in pairs, or small family groups. Nests are either floating platforms or a scrape in the ground surrounded by water. Two to four eggs are laid and incubation by both parents takes approximately four weeks. Immediately after hatching the parents encourage the chicks to swim to dry land. The chicks fledge after two months.

Long-toed Plovers feed along the edges of flood waters or walking on floating vegetation. Their favourite food are aquatic insects and snails.

Long-toed Plovers are seen in the west and south of Kenya, particularly around Lake Victoria and are commonly found around permanent marshlands and flood plains with floating vegetation. They do wander, in response to flooding.

Extra Long-toed Plover Facts
Long-toed Plovers have a call that sounds like a moped having trouble with its engine, a metallic "kik~k~k~k~kick~k~k"

Photographed at Kenya's Nairobi National Park.

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Long-toed Plover ~ Walking

Long-toed Plover, walking on grass beside a dam in Nairobi National Park.