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Blacksmith Lapwing

Vanellus armatus

Description:

Blacksmith Lapwings are very boldly patterned in black, grey and white, possibly warning colours to predators. It is one of five lapwing species 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.It occurs commonly from Kenya through central Tanzania to southern and southwestern Africa. The vernacular name derives from the repeated metallic 'tink, tink, tink' alarm call, which suggests a blacksmith's hammer striking an anvil. - Wikipedia

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2 Comments

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 9 years ago

Wonder why it's called "blacksmith "......?

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 9 years ago

Thanks for the ID help, Despina.

Jinki Afrika
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Jinki Afrika

Arusha, Tanzania

Spotted on Nov 17, 2012
Submitted on Nov 17, 2012

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