Spot-breasted Lapwing Vanellus melanocephalus

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A chunky lapwing of the Ethiopian highlands. Note the black cap, white eyebrow, black throat, and coarse spots across the breast. Found in both wet and dry montane habitats, including grassland, moorland, and marsh. Often in flocks, which can be large. In flight, looks similar to other lapwings, but easily separated by details of the head and breast pattern. The call is a rough “shrek,” often repeated.

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