Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Crowned Plover

The crowned plover, also known as the crowned lapwing, is found in Africa from Somalia to South Africa. It is easy to identify by its black crown surrounded by a white halo and red legs and bill (which is black tipped). 
Crowned plover in Masai Mara. Photo by my friend, Michael Lewin. 
A view from above shows the black cap and white halo.
The throat and chest are light brown, edged on the lower breast by black line. The belly is white and it has yellow eyes. I have photos of them in the Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, so they were quite common. 


  1. Looks kind of like a bad bowl cut, a la Beatles mop top, but with aging it's turned white. Those legs are awesome.

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  3. These bird posts are amazing! Each more zany then the last one.