These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are large brown waders with a black crown, white forehead and large yellow facial wattles. The tail is white, tipped black, and the long legs are yellow. In flight, African wattled lapwing's upperwings have black flight feathers and brown coverts separated by a white bar. The underwings are white with black flight feathers.

Habitat and Distribution

It is a resident breeder in most of sub-Saharan Africa outside the rainforests, although it has seasonal movements. This species is a common breeder in wet lowland habitats, especially damp grassland.


It often feeds in drier habitats, such as golf courses, picking insects and other invertebrates from the ground.


It lays three or four eggs on a ground scrape.

Calls and Songs

The African wattled lapwing has a loud peep-peep call.