Blacksmith lapwing (plover)

This large, black, white and grey bird is the easiest lapwing to identify in the region and its bold pattern makes in easily distinguishable in flight.
Juvenile is duller than adult and has greyish brown feathering replacing the black-and-brown streaking on the crown.
Damp areas of wetland margins and adjoining grassland and fields. Often in flocks when not breeding.
Very vocal, with a loud, ringing 'tink, tink, tink' alarm call.


(en) Blacksmith lapwing
(sc) Vanellus armatus
(nl) Smidsplevier
(af) Bontkiewiet