African Wattled Lapwing

Scientific Name:
Vanellus senegallus
Sub-Saharan Africa

About the African Wattled Lapwing

The African Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus) is a distinctive bird species native to sub-Saharan Africa, known for its striking appearance and loud calls.


African Wattled Lapwings are commonly found in a variety of open habitats, including grasslands, savannahs, wetlands, agricultural fields, and even urban areas with suitable foraging grounds. They prefer areas with short grass or bare ground, where they can easily detect and capture their insect prey. These lapwings are often seen near water bodies such as rivers, lakes, and ponds, where they may breed and forage for food.


African Wattled Lapwings are medium-sized birds, measuring around 30 to 35 centimeters (12 to 14 inches) in length. They have a distinctive appearance characterised by their black and white plumage, with a black crown and upper-parts, white underparts, and prominent yellow facial wattles extending from the eyes to the base of the bill. Their long legs are bright pink in color, and they have a short black bill.

Best Viewing

The best places to view African Wattled Lapwings are open grasslands, wetlands, and agricultural fields within their range. Look for them foraging for insects and other invertebrates on the ground, where their conspicuous plumage and vocalizations make them relatively easy to spot. They are often seen in small groups or pairs, particularly during the breeding season.