Spur-winged Lapwing/Plover

Vanellus spinosus

Blacksmith Plover or Lapwing, Vanellus spinosus, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Observed along the shores of Lake Bogoria, Kenya. October 2010.

These birds hunt mostly small arthropods that occur in shallow water or wet short-grass areas. There is a small claw beneath the feathers in each wing used occasionally in defense. These birds are conspicuous in plumage and with their loud calls. Spur-winged Lapwing ranges across northern and Sub-Saharan Africa and also the Mediterranean.

Charadriidae -- Plover Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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