French: Vanneau sociable German: Steppenkiebitz Spanish: Avefría sociable
Other common names: Sociable Plover
Volga, Jaiku and Samara, south-west Russia.
Often placed in genus Chettusia. Monotypic.
27–30 cm; 150–260 g; wingspan 64–76 cm. Olive-brown lapwing with bold, white supercilia meeting on forehead and nape; black crown and lores, thin dark line... read more
Generally rather quiet outside breeding areas, but noisy during nesting period, most commonly... read more
Breeding habitat mainly on transition zones of Stipa and Artemisia steppes,... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly insects, such as grasshoppers, beetles, crickets and moth larvae; spiders; frequently small amounts of plant material (grains,... read more
Lays mid Apr to late May or early Jun in N. Monogamous. Before start of breeding season, parties of 5–10 birds land on open field for... read more
Migratory. Migrates from breeding grounds by Aug–Sept, varying between years (latest record... read more
Status and conservation
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Breeding range has contracted E, and is now restricted to N Kazakhstan, with a tiny population in adjacent S Russia. Approximately 11,200 mature... read more
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