French: Vanneau à tête grise German: Graukopfkiebitz Spanish: Avefría ceniza
Other common names: Grey-headed Plover
Sometimes placed in genus Hoplopterus or, formerly, in monospecific Microsarcops. Monotypic.
34–37 cm; 236–296 g; wingspan 75–76 cm. Large, rather plain lapwing with grey head, neck and upper breast, black breastband, brown upperparts and white... read more
Mostly silent, at least in winter, but flying birds occasionally give a sharp “kik” note, a... read more
Breeds in rather undisturbed areas in swamps, near rivers and rice fields. In winter also found in... read more
Food and feeding
No information available; probably feeds on insects, worms and molluscs. Often wades in water while foraging. Gregarious, especially in... read more
Season Mar–Apr in Japan. Monogamous. Territorial. Breeds in undisturbed wetlands, e.g. river flats; but also in rice fields; nest is... read more
Mainly migratory, but sedentary in places. Breeding populations of NE China and SE Russia winter in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered Near Threatened. Population, excluding Japan, numbers less than 10,000–25,000 birds, and probably... read more
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