Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus) - HBW 3, p. 412
French: Vanneau à éperons
Spanish: Avefría Espinosa
Other common names: Spur-winged Plover
Taxonomy: Charadrius spinosus Linnaeus, 1758, Egypt.
Often placed in genus Hoplopterus. Forms superspecies with V. duvaucelii, with which sometimes considered conspecific. Monotypic.
Distribution: E Mediterranean and Middle East up R Nile to C & S Sudan, and S of Sahara from Senegal through Nigeria to Ethiopia, and S to Uganda and Kenya.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 37 videos
A bird at the waters edge, alert Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 7 years ago 32 sec 4.7
Finding food at the edge of a salt-marsh Locality Polichnitos Salt Pans, Polichnitos, Lesbos Island, North Aegean Region, Greece (Monotypic species)
Joe Angseesing 23 April 2013 41 weeks ago 47 sec 4.5
along the water Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 23 December 2011 2 years ago 19 sec 4.4
A bird with Senegal Thicknees, finally chasing them. Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 25 November 2005 8 years ago 27 sec 4.3
Two birds feeding on bare ground. Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Keith Blomerley 27 October 2013 11 weeks ago 24 sec 4.3
A bird feeding on marshy ground Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Keith Blomerley 7 April 2002 5 years ago 21 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 64 photos
Male displaying on sandroad in Jakhaly ricefields.
Locality Jakhaly, Central River Division, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 15 December 2013 7 weeks ago 4.4
Locality Larnaca District, Cyprus (Monotypic species)
Fran Trabalon 22 April 2011 1 year ago 4.3
Standing bird viewed from the side.
Locality Uganda (Monotypic species)
Pete Morris 13 August 2006 8 weeks ago 4.3
Foraging in shallow water.
Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
David Beadle 4 February 2009 1 year ago 4.3
walking at a salt pond
Locality Salt Ponds Km 20, Eilat, Israel
Lior Kislev 2 April 2012 1 year ago 4.3
Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Rafael Merchante 29 May 2013 27 weeks ago 4.2