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Senegal Lapwing | Vanellus lugubris

The Senegal Lapwing is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Charadriidae bird family group which includes birds such as Plovers, Lapwings.

The description for the Senegal Lapwing (Latin name Vanellus lugubris) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Vanellus lugubris can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 256 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 413. You will find a picture of the Senegal Lapwing on page 385.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Lesser Black-winged Plover in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Senegal Lapwing between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Senegal Lapwing is known in Afrikaans as Kleinswartvlerkkiewiet.

The Senegal Lapwing has a height of 26 cms and weighs around 110 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Vanellus lugubris has a brown coloured throat, black legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are orange.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown

Eyes are orange

Bill is black

Legs are black

Throat is brown

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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