Crowned Lapwing

crowned-lapwing

Identification:

Crowned lapwings have sandy-brown sides of the face, neck, upper breast and upperparts. The rest of the underparts are white, with a blackish band between the brown breast and white belly. The forehead is black, extending back above the eye to the nape. This is separated from the black crown by a white band which totally circles the head – creating the distinctive ‘target-like’ crown pattern that gives this species its name. Eye-colour is yellow or orange-brown and the bill is red with a black tip. The legs and feet are orange-red.

Habitat:

This common and familiar species is found in a wide range of grassy areas. It prefers open areas with short grass or bare ground, and has adapted to urban areas where grass-mowing in parks, sports fields, and open road verges creates habitat for this bird. It is very tolerant of human activity, although it spends a lot of time mobbing humans and dogs who venture near the nest site.

Behaviour:

These birds are most active around dusk.

Diet:

Its diet consists mainly of insects and larvae particularly termites, ants, beetles and crickets.

Breeding:

Crowned lapwings breed mainly in late winter and early spring – often in newly burnt veld. The nest is a shallow scrape in the ground, typically in very short grassland or bare ground. The juveniles are reminiscent of wind-up toys, they are very fast when disturbed, running quickly with a jerky, clockwork motion.

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *