January 26, 2017 – Long-toed Lapwing or Long-toed Plover (Vanellus crassirostris)

These lapwings are found in eastern central Africa from South Sudan to South Africa, with small isolated populations farther north and west. Usually foraging on floating vegetation, they eat aquatic and terrestrial insects and their larvae, as well as small snails. During the dry season they forage in mud around the edges of ponds and in gravelly waterways. They build a variety of different types of nests depending on habitat, including shallow scrapes in the mud or in short grass near the water, cups constructed from plant materials on floating vegetation, and high platforms of plant materials in swampy areas.


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