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Spur-winged Plover

Vanellus spinosus

Common resident

Not found at Neolithic WF16

The Spur-winged Plover inhabits dry ground in a variety of habitats but is always closely attached to water. In Wadi Faynan the bird is seen mostly around the large pools of water created to assist with irrigation.

To catch its prey, the Spur-winged Plover stands on one leg, whilst the other leg taps rapidly on the ground beneath it. This foot-trembling flushes out insects from beneath the ground for the plover to catch. Once it has exhausted a location, it will move forward a few feet and begin its foot-trembling again. When approached, the Spur-winged Plover will emit a sharp alarm call and bob its head before flying away.

Image credit: ‘Spur-winged Plover’ by Fares Khoury from Jordan BirdWatch