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

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

Taxonomy:
Monotypic.

Size: 34-37 cm

Identification:
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.

Behaviour/Ecology:

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):

Photos:

External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Gray-headed Lapwing)

References:
BirdLife International. (2016). Vanellus cinereus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22694010A93433492.en. 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.