The Black Headed Lapwing

If you are Planning a Uganda Birding Safari. Then plan to enjoy the Black Headed Lapwing.

In this section of the Uganda Birding Safari Guide we share with you information about Black Headed Lapwing birds that could help you enjoy your Bird watching tour to Africa.

You will find information about:

Where to find the Black Headed Lapwing (Vanellus tectus)

The black headed lapwing is among the dry country lapwings.

You will identify this bird by the head, breast and wing markings and all sexes are all alike.

The long black crest makes it arguably the most striking of the lapwing species in Uganda.

Uganda has seven species of lapwings.

You will be able to see them while you are on a game drive in the North of Murchison Falls.

So if plan to visit Murchison falls National Park the black headed lapwing is among the birds you should look for.

The black headed lapwing are quite vocal and more so during flight.

You will hear a loud rattle kreek-kreek-kreek-kreek-kreek!

Characteristics of The Black Headed Lapwing

The height is 26cm and the nominate species is an attractive spike-crested lapwing with a white chin and fore crown and nape patches.

If you look at the Black Headed Lapwing in the front view it shows a narrow black ‘tie’ from the throat to the breast.

The bill is red with a black tip and the legs are small and red in color.

In their habitat

The Black Headed Lapwing is commonly found in semi arid and arid areas and bushed plains at an altitude of 1800m; in East Africa and in Uganda this bird is a resident in the northern part of the Murchison Falls.

On game drives you will be able to see them in pairs and small groups.

These birds are easily approachable often standing in shade during the day and at times seen at night.

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