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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Blacksmith Lapwing or Blacksmith Plover

Afrikaans name: Bontkiewiet

Blacksmith Lapwing

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Vanellus armatus

The call of the Blacksmith Lapwing, also known as a Blacksmith Plover, sounds like the noise of a blacksmiths hammer and gives them their common name.

They are normally encountered in pairs or small groups.

Their preferred habitat is wetland of a variety of types.

As man has developed more dams the numbers of these birds has increased. They are also found in areas of the country where they weren't found previously.

The Blacksmith Lapwing can be quite aggressive and will fly at and around intruders in its territory.

They feed on insects, molluscs, worms and crustaceans.

The nest is made in short grass normally near water.

During the breeding season they are normally found in pairs but may occur in small flocks at other times.


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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 142

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 76

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 34

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 86

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 30

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 86

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 180

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 410

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 231

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 229

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 168

List of South African Birds

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