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  • Spot-breasted plover, Vanellus melanocephalus (formerly, Tylibyx melanocephalus and Hoplopterus melanocephalus; protonym, Lobivanellus melanocephalus), also known as the spot-breasted lapwing, photographed at Bale Mountains (also known as the Urgoma Mountains), Ethiopia (Africa).

    Mystery bird: Spot-breasted plover, Vanellus melanocephalus

  • The spot-breasted lapwing is distinguished from its close relatives by the fleshy wattles in front of its eyes and by its black-spotted breast.

    Mystery bird: Spot-breasted plover, Vanellus melanocephalus

  • Response: This is a spot-breasted plover, Vanellus melanocephalus.

    Mystery bird: Spot-breasted plover, Vanellus melanocephalus

  • The Gudo plains, west of Addis Ababa, is a particularly important conservation area for the spot-breasted lapwing (Vanellus melanocephalus), which is endemic to the Ethiopian highlands.

    Biological diversity in the Eastern Afromontane

  • You can also compare bird songs and range maps to pinpoint the differences between a Bullock's oriole and a spot-breasted oriole.

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  • The Abyssinian longclaw is considered near-endemic to this ecoregion, as are the moorland chat (Cercomela sordida), Abyssinian waxbill (Estrilda ochrogaster), moorland francolin (Francolinus psilolaemus), Rueppell's chat (Myrmecocichla melaena), ankober serin (Serinus ankoberensis), and spot-breasted lapwing (Vanellus melanocephalus).

    Ethiopian montane moorlands


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