Grey-headed Lapwing

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.

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

Behaviour/Ecology:

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Confirmed sightings in Singapore: Kranji (Oct-Dec 1981), Sungei Buloh (Oct 2007, Nov 2011 and Dec 2016), Kranji Marsh (Oct and Dec 2016), Neo Tiew (Nov 2019) and Marina East (Nov 2020-Feb 2021).

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

References:
BirdLife International. (2016). Vanellus cinereus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.