"the forlorn crying of the titihoya"

Black winged Lapwing
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeBlack winged Lapwing - Credit: Brian Butcher
Titihoya is a South African name for the Black-winged Lapwing, also known as the Black-winged Plover.  The bird averages about 27 cm in length, and is about the same size as a starling.  Its head and throat are grey, with a prominent white patch on its forehead, and a black band across its chest.   Its legs are purple, and get brighter during breeding season.  The titihoya breeds in highland inland areas in summer, and moves down to the coast for winter.  It is monogamous - only when a mate dies will the remaining bird seek a new mate.