Grey-headed Lapwing

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

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.

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


Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Only 5 confirmed sightings in Singapore: Sungei Buloh (Oct 2007, Nov 2011 and Dec 2016) and Kranji Marsh (Oct and Dec 2016).


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Lim Kim Seng (2009) The Avifauna of Singapore