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 endemic Madagascar Plover.
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