The Blacksmith plover (Vanellus armatus) - also known as the Blacksmith Lapwing - is named for its repeated metallic 'tink, tink, tink' alarm call - which sounds similar to a blacksmith's hammer striking metal. Males and females look alike - though the female is usually larger – with a white head and a black beak. Its eyes are red. Plumage is boldly patterned in black, grey and white. It is distributed throughout southern and eastern Africa - where it occurs in the Savanna grasslands, wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands. It occurs commonly from Kenya through central Tanzania to southern and south-western Africa.
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