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Spur-winged Plover


Egypt and near East; Africa from Senegal East to Somalia, Kenya.


Open flats and short grassland near water; rare on exposed seashores.


Grey-brown above with black-cap, and conspicuous vertical black stripe from chin to center of white breast; upper belly black, abdomen white; bill and legs are black. In flight, prominent white rump and wingbar. Young have speckled buff above.


These birds are found in pairs or small, loose flocks on open ground. Their call is a loud screeching ?dee-dee-durrr-it? sound. When alarmed, a sharp ?teck? chirp is emitted. The spur-winged plover is a very relaxed bird and is not very active.


Nests are simple and are usually built on bare or open ground. Usually 2 ? 6 eggs (0.2 ? 1.2 ounces) are laid and incubation lasts 18 ? 38 days. The young are precocial, fledging the nest at 21 ? 42 days.

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Spur-winged Plover
Class: aves
Genus: Vanellus
Species: spinosus
Height: 10 inches
Weight: 1.2 ? 10.5 ounces
Average Lifespan: 15
Wild Diet: Wide range of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and sometimes berries.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed

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