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An African plover related to the lapwing, with a distinctive plaintive cry.
- ‘Animals to look out for in this area are lion, black-backed jackal, blue wildebeest, cheetah on the open plains, white-backed vulture and lesser black-winged plover.’
- ‘If one stated this problem in other terms they might interpret the titihoya of Africa as the loon of Minnesota.’
- ‘The titihoya has deserted the barren land around Ndotsheni, but still cries on the rich farms upland.’
- ‘More than 410 species are represented here, including ten species of heron, cormorants, fish eagles, the rare black-winged plover and saddle-bill storks.’
- ‘I checked to see if it was at the titihoya, the black-winged plover that chee-chee-chees through all his output.’
1940s: from Zulu, of imitative origin.
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