spur-winged lapwing

The spur-winged lapwing (Vanellus spinosus) is one of the fun birds you can see at Ngamba island.  These birds are medium-sized wading birds and often seen around the edges of lakes and waterways, though will sometimes venture out into the plains also.  In the past, the spur-winged lapwing was claimed to be involved in a a cleaning symbiosis with the Nile crocodile: the crocodiles would open their mouths for the birds to clean around the teeth and gums — though this has never been confirmed!

spur winged lapwing


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