White-crowned Lapwing (Plover)… what a moustache….

Now I’m not going to say a word about the “lap..ver” but suffice it to say I did think about it…

The white-crowned lapwing, white-headed lapwing, white-headed plover or white-crowned plover (Vanellus albiceps) a bird known by many handles is found in South Africa….

This “lap..ver” is unmistakable. Its wings and tail are strikingly patterned in black and white, the back is brown and the underparts white. The head is particularly striking, being mainly grey, but with a white crown and foreneck. The eye ring, facial wattles and legs are yellow. Females, males and young birds are similar in plumage.

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I love that photo, and think I did a great job of it…

It is a wader which breeds on exposed sand or shingle near rivers. 2–3 eggs are laid in a ground scrape. The nest and young are defended noisily and aggressively against all intruders, up to and including the hippo. (Brave little bird)

Food is mainly insects and other small invertebrates. This species often feeds in small flocks when not breeding.

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I wonder if that moustache tickles..??