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White-tailed Lapwing

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(Redirected from Vanellus Leucurus)

Alternative name: White-tailed Plover Chettusia leucara

Photo by Charlie MWimpey Pits, Dubai, UAE
Photo by Charlie M
Wimpey Pits, Dubai, UAE
Vanellus leucurus


[edit] Identification

26–29 cm (10¼-11½ in)

  • Pale greyish-brown head and body
  • Indistinct supercilium
  • Very long yellow legs

Flight: All white tail and black and white wing pattern
Juvenile: Scaly upperparts

[edit] Distribution

Winter plumagePhoto by Vipul RamanujTal Chapar, Rajasthan, India, November 2014
Winter plumage
Photo by Vipul Ramanuj
Tal Chapar, Rajasthan, India, November 2014

South east Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia: found in south-eastern Turkey to Afghanistan; winters north-eastern Africa to India.

Scarce migrant to western and northern Europe.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Inland marshes, well vegetated ponds, rivers and canals. Rarely on mudflats.

[edit] Behaviour

Shy and skulking

[edit] Breeding

The clutch consists of 4 eggs which is laid in a ground nest.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728
  3. Wikipedia

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