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Grey-headed Lapwing

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Photo © by bievreJJNara, Honshu, Japan, September 2012
Photo © by bievreJJ
Nara, Honshu, Japan, September 2012
Vanellus cinereus


[edit] Identification

34–37 cm (13½-14½}

  • Grey head, neck and upper breast
  • Black breastband
  • Brown upperparts
  • White belly
  • Black-tipped yellow bill
  • Yellow legs
  • Red eye

[edit] Distribution

Breeds in north-east China and Japan; winters to India and south-easter Asia.

Photo by letsbefrank Kishiwada, Japan, May 2014
Photo by letsbefrank
Kishiwada, Japan, May 2014

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

They breed in swampy areas, near rivers and in rice fields.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

There is little information available, but they most likely eat insects, worms and molluscs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)

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