Blacksmith Lapwings are very boldly patterned in black, grey and white, possibly warning colours to predators. It is one of five lapwing species (two African, one Asian and two Neotropical) that share the characteristics of a carpal (wing) spur, red eye and a bold pied plumage. The bare parts are black. Females average larger and heavier but the sexes are generally alike.
In South Africa they are most numerous in the mesic grassland region, less so in higher-rainfall grasslands.
Lat: -33.69, Long: 18.98
Spotted on Sep 2, 2012
Submitted on Sep 2, 2012