Black-winged Lapwing / Grootswartvlerkkiewiet/ Vanellus melanopterus
The Black-winged Lapwing is, in general, an uncommon resident in the Dullstroom area.
The Black-winged Laping is listed as a Near-threatened bird species.
The Black-winged Lapwing has disjunct populations in North East and South Africa. In North-East Africa they are found in highland grasslands of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Eastern Sudan, Southern Kenya, and Northern Tanzania.
In Southern Africa, they breed along the Escarpment from the Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, and Western Swaziland down to the KZN Midlands and Eastern Cape and as far west as the Tsitsikamma National Park.
The Black-winged Lapwing is a partial altitudinal migrant from inland breeding areas of Southern Africa towards the East coast of South Africa.
Some remain along the coast where they breed. In the Eastern Cape, they are subjected to considerable local movement in response to rainfall, moving away from breeding areas during dry summer months.
The Black-winged Lapwing habitat, in general, is highland plateaux and slopes, meadows, pastures, coastal flats. They favor areas frequented by game animals or recently burned ground with new grass.
The Black-winged Lapwing often feeds along Crowned Lapwings and the two species seldom interact aggressively. They also often feed near game animals or domestic cattle.
The diet of Black-winged Lapwings consists mainly of termites but will also take grasshoppers, ants, and spiders.
They are Monogamous, The main breeding time for the species is May-Nov with the peak in August in KZN and late July to Sept in the Eastern Cape, we do not currently have breeding months for the Mpumalanga Escarpment.
The nest is scraped and lined with grass stubble, dung or pebbles and they normally lay 1-4 eggs.
Dullstroom is one of the ideal areas along the Mpumalanga Escarpment during the warm summer months to find these elusive lapwings.
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