Blacksmith Plover/Lapwing Vanellus armatus (Anitibyx armatus)

Blacksmith Lapwing
Blacksmith Plover
The Blacksmith Lapwing, native to southern Africa, also called the Blacksmith Plover, is named because of its chinking alarm call.
Blacksmith Lapwing
Blacksmith Plover
Blacksmith Lapwing
The "armatus" name relates to the bony "spurs" usually covered by plumage on its wings (cf. spur-winged plover) and used for territorial disputes and other fights.
Blacksmith Lapwing
Blacksmith Plover
Blacksmith Lapwings
The Blacksmith Lapwing/Plover is known for eating insects/parasites off large reptiles, including, it is said, cleaning food and leeches from the teeth/jaws of crocodiles (see also Egyptian Plover).
Blacksmith Lapwing juvenile
Blacksmith Plover juvenile
Blacksmith Lapwing juvenile
Juvenile