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Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) and Spur-winged plover | by animtreebird - Thanks all
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Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) and Spur-winged plover

The largest mammal migration in the world is that of the Serengeti wildebeest. Huge scores of these antelopes congregate on the East African savannas, a sight which few who have seen will forget.


Several races of wildebeest (also called gnu) exist. The species that forms the large herds of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem of Tanzania and Kenya is known as the western white-bearded wildebeest (C. t. mearnsi). The brindled or blue race occurs south of the Zambezi River. The eastern white-bearded race inhabits Kenya and Tanzania east of Gregory Rift.


The head of the wildebeest is large and box-like and both males and females have curving horns. The front end of the body is heavily built, the hindquarters slender and the legs spindly. The coat is gray and has a black mane and a beard which may be black or white.


The bird seen along with the Wildebeest is The Spur-winged Lapwing or Spur-winged Plover (Vanellus spinosus) which is a lapwing species, one of a group of largish waders in the family Charadriidae. It breeds around the eastern Mediterranean, and in a wide band from sub-Saharan west Africa to Arabia. The Greek and Turkish breeders are migratory, but other populations are resident.

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Taken on October 22, 2011