1041. Lobivanellus cinereus

1041. Grey-headed Lapwing.
Lobivanellus cinereus (Blyth), J. As. Soc. Beng. xi. p. 587 (1842) ; Seebohm, B. Jap. Emp. p. 311 ; (David and Oust.), Ois. Chine, p. 422 ; (Sharpe), Cat. B, Br. Mus. xxiv. p. 133 ; (Blanf.), F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 228 ; Berez, and Bianchi, Ptitz. Gansu, p. 3 ; L. inornatus, Temm, and Schleg. Faun. Jap. Aves, p. 106, pl. 63.
Kire, Jap.
Male ad. (Japan). Head, neck, and breast ashy grey, the hind neck and crown tinged with brown ; upper parts brown with a bronzy tinge ; primaries black ; short secondaries and the larger secondary coverts, sides of rump, and upper tail-coverts white ; tail white with a broad black subterminal band, bordered with brown ; the outermost feathers white ; upper breast crossed by a narrow black band ; rest of under parts and under wing-coverts white ; terminal half of bill black, the basal half, lappets, and edge of eyelids, legs and feet yellow ; claws black ; iris red. Culmen 1.5, wing 9.3, tail 4.3, tarsus 2.92 inch. Sexes alike. In the winter the pectoral band is obscured, and the head and neck are tinged with brown. The young birds have the head and neck brown, the chin white, and lack the pectoral band.
Hab. Japan, Corea, North China and Mongolia, wintering in Burma and Eastern India, and has occurred as far south as the Andamans.
In habits it resembles the Lapwing, and like that bird is shy and wary, and when disturbed flies high above the intruder, uttering loud cries. It frequents damp, marshy localities, and feeds on insects. It breeds in April, depositing its 4 eggs in the grass, on the ridges which intersect the paddy fields. The eggs resemble those of V. vulgaris, but are not so pointed.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
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1041. Lobivanellus cinereus
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H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
Grey Headed Lapwing
Grey-headed Lapwing
Vanellus cinereus
Vol. 2
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