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Vanellus leucurus

Vanellus leucurus (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Charadriiformes
Subordo: Charadrii
Familia: Charadriidae
Subfamilia: Vanellinae
Genus: Vanellus
Species: Vanellus leucurus


Vanellus leucurus (Lichtenstein, 1823)


Reise von Orenburg nach Buchara p.137

Vernacular Names
Ελληνικά: Λεύκουρη Καλημάνα
English: White-tailed Lapwing


The White-tailed Lapwing or White-tailed Plover (Vanellus leucurus) is a wader in the lapwing genus.

It breeds semi-colonially on inland marshes in Iraq, Iran and southern Russia. Four eggs are laid in a ground nest. The Iraqi and Iranian breeders are mainly residents, but Russian birds migrate south in winter to south Asia, the Middle East and north east Africa. It is a very rare vagrant in western Europe, the first example in Britain being found at Packington, Warwickshire on 12 July 1975.

This medium-sized lapwing is long-legged and fairly long-billed. It is the only lapwing likely to be seen in other than very shallow water, where it picks insects and other small prey mainly from the surface.

Adults are slim erect birds with a brown back and foreneck, paler face and grey breast. Its long yellow legs, pure white tail and distinctive brown, white and black wings make this species unmistakable. Young birds have a scaly back, and may show some brown in the tail.

The breeding season call is a peewit, similar to Northern Lapwing.

The White-tailed Lapwing is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.


1. ^ Bird, J. & Butchart, S. (BirdLife International Red List Authority) (2008). Vanellus leucurus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 2009-02-03.

* White-tailed Plover: new to Britain and Ireland A. R. Dean, J. E. Fortey and E. G. Phillips, British Birds 70:465–471 (November 1977)
* Hayman, Marchant and Prater, Shorebirds ISBN 0-7099-2034-2

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