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African Wattled Lapwing in Uganda (“Vanellus senegallus”)

African Wattled Lapwing

What to Know About the African Wattled Lapwing in Uganda?

The African Wattled in Uganda is one of the African Uganda Bird Species seen during Uganda bird-watching tours. It is also called the Senegal wattled plover or sometimes simply the wattled lapwing.

It is a large lapwing, in a group of largish waders in the family Charadriidae. It is a common breeder in most of sub-Saharan Africa outside the rainforests. It lives in open and moist area and has seasonal movements.

How Does the African Wattled Lapwing in Uganda Look Like?

The African wattled lapwing is a large bird that can reach 34 cm long. It has bright white forehead, yellow legs and beak and the most recognizable yellow wattle on the face.

The plumage is brown. Neck and face are stripped. In flight the upper side of the wings shows black flight feathers and brown wing coverts separated by a white band.

How Does the African Wattled Lapwing in Uganda Sing and Make Calls?

The African wattled lapwing utters a loud peep-peep call, especially during flight.

How Does the African Wattled Lapwing in Uganda Feed?

They forage mainly on insects, but also can eat seeds. They feed on the ground by walking slowly while looking for potential prey.

How Does the African Wattled Lapwing in Uganda Nest?

The male chooses the nesting ground and builds shallow scrapes on it. The female will then come and chose were to lay her eggs on one of the scrapes.

After the female has made choice, the pair will line the crape with grass, roots and peddles and then dry dung to make it firm.

How Does the African Wattled Lapwing in Uganda Reproduce?

Females lay 2-4 cryptically colored and well-camouflaged eggs. Both sexes incubate 28-32 days. After 24hours of hatching, the chicks leave the next but remain with the parents or at least one of the parents. Fledging of chicks will not happen until the next breeding season.

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