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Black-winged Lapwing - BirdForum Opus

Vanellus melanopterus
Photo by Tamir
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, October 2004


  • Grey head, neck, and upper breast with white forehead patch reaching around the eye
  • Black breast band
  • White belly and flanks
  • Greyish-brown upperside

In flight shows:

  • Upperside of wing: brown wing coverts and black flight feathers separated by white wingbar
  • Underside of wing: white with black flight feathers
  • Two-toned tail with inner half white and outer black


Disjunctly distributed through Eastern African highlands: Ethiopia to South Africa.


Photo by PicMan
Ethiopia, February 1997


  • V. m. melanopterus - Extreme southern Sudan to Ethiopia; south-western Kenya to central Tanzania
  • V. m. minor - Eastern Cape Province to north-eastern Transvaal; winters to southern Mozambique


Short grassland.


Gregarious; usually in groups of 4-20 birds, often with Crowned Lapwing.


Feeds on invertebrates.


The clutch consists of 3 large dark eggs which are incubated for about 28 days; the young fledge after a further month.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia

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