Bird Families of the World

African Wattled Lapwing

From Wikipedia

Plovers are a widely distributed group of wading birds. There are about 66 species in the subfamily, most of them called "plover" or "dotterel". The closely related lapwing subfamily, Vanellinae, comprises another 20-odd species.
Plovers are found throughout the world, with the exception of the Sahara and the polar regions, and are characterised by relatively short bills. They hunt by sight, rather than by feel as longer-billed waders like snipes do. They feed mainly on insects, worms or other invertebrates, depending on the habitat, which are obtained by a run-and-pause technique, rather than the steady probing of some other wader groups.
Lapwings (Vanellinae) are any of various crested plovers, family Charadriidae, noted for its slow, irregular wingbeat in flight and a shrill, wailing cry. They are a subfamily of medium-sized wading birds which also includes the plovers and dotterels. A lapwing can be thought of as a larger plover.

There are around 86 different species in this group of which I have photographed so far 35 different ones.

Below you will find the genus in alphabetic order.

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Updated 14/03/2020


Genus Charadrius - Plovers.  The number of different species is thirty-one of which I have photographed thirteen.


Genus Pluvialis. The number of different species is four of which I have photographed three.


Genus Vanellus. These long-legged waders mostly have strongly patterned plumage. Although the most familiar Northern Lapwing, has a wispy crest, only two other species do so. Red or yellow facial wattles are more typical decoration. The number of different species is twenty of which I have photographed seventeen.


Genus Various.