KITTLITZ'S SANDPLOVER Charadrius pecuarius

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A widespread species in Africa, ranging from the Cape to Egypt, but patchily distributed as it tends to be found near water, breeding mainly on inland lake and river edges. They do occur on cultivated land, grasslands and saltpans away from water when foraging, but are largely sedentary, with very few records of vagrancy. These breeding plumaged birds were taken in Madagascar, where they proved to be quite approachable, and provided a good comparison with the next species.

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