Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover) (Afrikaans:
A striking, large, black, grey and white plover which is usually
found near water. Size: 30cm - slightly larger than a dove but with
Blacksmith Lapwings have a striking
pied appearance - the white forehead contrasting with the black of
the nape, face, front of the neck and breast. The mantle and back
are black, and the wings are bluish-grey. The hind neck and belly
are white. The bill legs and feet are black and the eye is a dark
ruby-red. The legs of this species are particularly long - an
adaptation to its wading habits.
This species is usually found near water and can occur in fairly
large flocks in suitable habitat. Blacksmith Lapwings prefer the
shoreline of water bodies, but may be found feeding on open ground
near water. Movements are typically slow and deliberate - the bird
moving forward, pausing and then pecking at the ground for food.
When not feeding, birds will often sleep standing on one leg in the
shallows, the other leg tucked into the belly feathers to conserve
Blacksmith Lapwings make a sharp metallic "klinking " sound -
reminiscent of someone striking an anvil - giving rise to the common
name of this species.
The diet consists of worms, insects and molluscs.
Blacksmith Lapwings breed mainly from July - October, and less
commonly in summer. The nest is a scrape on the ground, often lined
with small pieces of dried plant or stones.
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