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
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)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Grey-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
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 1 January 2023
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Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Grey-headed Lapwing. Retrieved on December 5, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/grey-headed-lapwing.