Grey-headed Lapwing

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

Scientific Name: Vanellus cinereus
Malay Name: Ceriwit Kepala Kelabu
Chinese Name: 灰头麦鸡

Found from eastern Siberia to Japan, northeastern and eastern China, wintering to southern China, Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia


Size: 34-37 cm

Adult has brownish upperparts, brownish-grey head, neck and upper breast with blackish breast-band, black-tipped yellowish bill, white belly and yellowish legs. Juvenile resembles adult but head, neck and breast more brownish and breast-band vague or absent.

Similar looking species: Red-wattled Lapwing

Habitat: Rice fields, swampy/marshy areas and mudflats.


Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):

BirdLife International. (2016). Vanellus cinereus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.