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Sociable Lapwing - BirdForum Opus

Photo byGashead
Dubai, UAE, February 2005
Vanellus gregarius


27-30 cm

  • Grey
  • Black and chestnut belly
  • White supercilium
  • Black crown and eye-stripe

Winter adult brown, though retains supercilium and crown pattern
Juvenile: brown, slightly scalloped upperparts. Streaked black below with large white supercilium.

Photo by lior kislev
Beyt Shean Valley, Israel, October 2008

Similar Species

The White-tailed Lapwing has no supercilium or crown patch; has longer legs and lacks black subterminal tail-band.


Breeds in Russia and Kazakhstan, migrating through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey, to winter in Israel, Syria, Eritrea, Sudan and north-west India.

Occasionally found wintering in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Oman.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Steppes where bare saline areas occur near water-bodies.



Their diet includes insects and other small prey which it picks mainly from grassland or arable.


Three to five eggs are laid in a ground nest.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BirdLife International
  3. Wikipedia

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