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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

List of South African Birds

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