French: Vanneau huppé German: Kiebitz Spanish: Avefría europea
Europe, Africa; restricted to Sweden
Europe, Turkey and NW Iran through W Russia and Kazakhstan to S & E Siberia, Mongolia and N China. Winters from W Europe, E Atlantic islands and N Africa through Mediterranean, Middle East and Iran across N India to SE China, Korea and S Japan.
28–31 cm; 128–330 g; wingspan 82–87 cm. Metallic glossy green upperparts, blackish crest and bronze scapulars; very broad wings, especially in breeding... read more
Very vocal during breeding season when male’s territorial song given (see also Breeding) during... read more
Breeds in variety of wide open habitats with short vegetation or bare ground, including various... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on invertebrate prey, primarily earthworms and insects, including larvae and adults of beetles, ants, Diptera flies, moths and... read more
Lays mid/late Mar to early Jun overall, with start becoming progressively later in N & E of range. Mostly seasonally monogamous, but... read more
Migratory and resident. Post-breeding gathers in flocks. Breeding areas vacated as early as... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Global population thought to number up to 11,000,000 individuals (2006 data). Estimated 1,590,000–2,580,... read more
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