Crowned Plover (Lapwing)

A beautiful bird, this Crowned Plover, taken at Cape St. Francis Resort. ┬áThis was one of the two guarding a nest next to a public sidewalk. They get really agitated when anyone walks by with hi pitched, noisy and loud ‘kreep kreep kreep’ sounds. They also fly at people and pets that get to close to their nest. The Crown Plovers’ diet consists mainly of beetles, termites, grasshoppers and other small invertebrates. The female will lay 2-3 eggs at a time, but on a rare occasion 4 eggs. They are a common resident in open country, short grasslands and fields. Scientific Name is┬ávanellus coronatus. The Afrikaans name for this is Kroonkiewiet.
Cape st. Francis is located in the Eastern Cape, near Port Elizabeth, in South Africa.

Crowned Plover



  1. Firefly

    I can hear them call in my head. So distictive

    1. Sean Allen (Post author)

      They also get quite nasty when they are trying to attack you.

      1. Jonny

        Your photography skllis are amazing. These are beautiful pictures I think when you can see the glint of light in a bird’s eye as well as the light reflecting off its feathers you know that’s a great shot.

      2. Sharon

        Hi, we just got attacked 3 times by one of these birds. We ran and ducked, didn’t peck us but it was very close. It was so aggressive and swooped very fast from a great height. We must have got near its nest on a golf course in Potchestroom, South Africa.

        1. Sean Allen (Post author)

          Thanks Sharon, these birds are like that, it was quite fun trying to get this shot with the other diving at me -haha.

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