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White-tailed Lapwing - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: White-tailed Plover Chettusia leucara

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


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


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.


This is a monotypic species[1].


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


Shy and skulking


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


The diet includes insects.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728
  3. Wikipedia

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