Grey-headed Lapwing

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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.


Local Status: Very rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Vanellus cinereus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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.