Plovers (Charadriidae)

African Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus) - HBW 3, p. 414

French: Vanneau du Sénégal German: Senegalkiebitz Spanish: Avefría Senegalesa

Taxonomy: Parra senegalla Linnaeus, 1766, Senegal.
Sometimes placed in monospecific genus Afribyx. Western population of race lateralis sometimes considered separate race, solitaneus. Race major not always accepted, as occurs at end of cline in size from W to E. Three subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • senegallus (Linnaeus, 1766) - SW Mauritania, Senegambia and NW Sierra Leone E to Sudan, NE Zaire and N Uganda.
  • major (Neumann, 1914) - W & C Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • lateralis A. Smith, 1839 - S Congo and Angola E to S Uganda, and S through W Tanzania, S Zaire, Zambia and Malawi to Zimbabwe, S Mozambique and NE South Africa.