Plovers (Charadriidae)

Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus) - HBW 3, p. 414

French: Vanneau couronné German: Kronenkiebitz Spanish: Avefría Coronada
Other common names: Crowned Plover

Taxonomy: Charadrius Coronatus Boddaert, 1783, Cape of Good Hope.
Sometimes placed in genus Hoplopterus or Stephanibyx. Birds from SW Angola, Namibia, Botswana, W Zimbabwe and W Transvaal may be separated as third race xerophilus, but doubtfully distinct. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • coronatus (Boddaert, 1783) - Ethiopia to South Africa; marginal in SW Somalia.
  • demissus (Friedmann, 1928) - Somalia.