Plovers (Charadriidae)

Long-toed Lapwing (Vanellus crassirostris) - HBW 3, p. 411

French: Vanneau à ailes blanches German: Langzehenkiebitz Spanish: Avefría Palustre
Other common names: White-faced Lapwing, Long-toed/White-winged Plover

Taxonomy: Chettusia crassirostris Hartlaub, 1855, Nubia.
In past, commonly placed in monospecific genus Hemiparra. Races intergrade in Tanzania, SE Zaire and N Malawi, and these intermediate birds formerly separated as race hybrida. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • crassirostris (Hartlaub, 1855) - S Sudan through Uganda, E Zaire, W Kenya and Tanzania to N Malawi; W Angola; also NE Nigeria, where may not breed.
  • leucopterus Reichenow, 1889 - Tanzania, SE Zaire, Zambia and Malawi to E Angola, N Botswana and NE South Africa.

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