Senegal Wattled Plover - also known as African Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus)

The Senegal Wattled Plover – also known as African Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus) – is a large lapwing, a group of largish waders in the family Charadriidae.


Distribution / Range

It is a resident breeder in most of sub-Saharan Africa outside the rainforests, although it has seasonal movements.

This species is a common breeder in wet lowland habitats, especially damp grassland.



These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are large brown waders with a black crown, white forehead and large yellow facial wattles. The tail is white, tipped black and the long legs are yellow .

In flight, Senegal Wattled Plover’s upperwings have black flight feathers and brown coverts separated by a white bar. The underwings are white with black flight feathers.


Senegal Wattled PloverDiet / Feeding

It often feeds in drier habitats, such as golf courses, picking insects and other invertebrates from the ground. It lays three or four eggs on a ground scrape.


Vocalization / Calls

Senegal Wattled Plover has a loud peep-peep call.



The Senegal Wattled Plover is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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