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Grey-headed Lapwing - BirdForum Opus

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


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


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

Photo by letsbefrank
Kishiwada, Japan, May 2014


This is a monotypic species[1].


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



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


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)

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