Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus
(aka Spur-winged Plover)
Spur-winged Lapwing, Tono Dam, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Tono Dam, Ghana
June 2011

The Spur-winged Lapwing is distributed in the eastern Mediterranean from Greece and Turkey south through the Nile Valley to Africa south of the Sahara and north of the Equator. The Greek and Turkish populations migrate south in the winter but the African populations are resident.

Spur-winged Lapwing, Tono Dam, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image They are found in various habitats such as marshes, near rivers, lakes and irrigated farmland where they feed on insects, small vertebrates and seeds.

It has a black head with white on the sides and neck. The back is brown and the underparts are mainly black. In flight, there is a white band bordering the black white feathers and the tail is white at the base with a broad black band at the tip.

The call is a series of sharp, metallic "kit"s

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