Crowned Plover

Vanellus coronatus

Fairly shy birds that frequent areas of dry open grassland; they move in very short runs with bodies held horizontally and heads stretched forward.When breeding they can be very vocal, having a scolding call when threatened. They will sometimes use the dropped wing/injured bird tactic to draw a predator away from the nest. They lay two eggs, in an open ground scrape, which are incubated for 28 days.

The chicks leave the nest as soon as they have dried running to the adults when called for feeding.

Diet: Beetles, grasshoppers, locusts, seeds and vegetable matter.

Distribution: East Africa to Angola and South Africa.

Status in the wild: This species covers a vast range and is considered to be of least concern

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