Vanellus leucurus   (Lichtenstein,  1823) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 26-29 cm

Adult: Sexes alike. A light brown and white plover with black bill and long prominent yellow legs; forehead and indistinct supercilia greyish-white; upper plumage light brown, except white rump and tail; chin, throat and foreneck ashy-grey; breast dark grey; abdomen and under tail-coverts rosy-white. The white rump and tail, and contrasting black primaries and white patch on secondaries are diagnostics in flight. Juvenile: darker above and sullied white below.

Voice: Usually silent in winter, soft whistle chee-viz, pi-wick.

Habits: Gregarious, occurs in large flocks when migrating, otherwise in smaller groups of up to 25 birds, feeds in shallow water also on land.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• White-tailed Lapwing (English)
• White-tailed Plover (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Carnivorous, comprising molluscs, crustaceans, aquatic insects.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.66) (Long: 76.18) INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 75.96) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Nameer, PO (2005) Wetlands and waterfowl conservation in kerala with special reference to Ramsar sites kerala environment congress 2005 Centre for environment and development 97-112 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • PBase Available at -

Page last updated on:2012-09-28

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