French: Vanneau à queue blanche German: Weißschwanzkiebitz Spanish: Avefría coliblanca
Other common names:
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
between the Kuwan and Ian Daria, Turkestan
C & SE Turkey, E Syria and Jordan NE through Azerbaijan and Transcaspia to L Balkhash, and SE through Iraq and Iran to W Pakistan; recently recorded breeding in Romania, Cyprus and Armenia, possibly an expansion of its range#R, as well as in Gujarat (NW India)#R. Winters from Sudan through Iraq and Iran to C & E Pakistan and NW & NC India.
26–29 cm; 99–198 g; wingspan 55–70 cm. Graceful, slim, long-legged lapwing, with pale, whitish face and (diagnostic) all-white tail; pinkish-brown rest of... read more
Generally similar to calls of V. vanellus in both tone and pitch, albeit quieter and less... read more
Lakeshores and river valleys; nearly always in vicinity of shallow standing or slow-flowing water... read more
Food and feeding
Diet probably consists mainly of insects, especially beetles and grasshoppers, but also caterpillars and fly larvae; also takes worms,... read more
Lays mainly between mid Apr and May, but into Jun, with copulation also noted as early as late Feb in Kuwait and eggs in second week of Mar... read more
Sedentary in much of Middle East, partially migratory in C Asia. Departs breeding grounds in C Asia... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population wintering in E Africa and SW Asia numbers 10,000–100,000 birds, with similar numbers in SC Asia; 500–1000... read more
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