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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.

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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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