Vanellus Brisson, Ornith., i, p. 48 (1760).
Type by taut., Tringa vanellus Linn.
This genus is distinguished from all other genera in the Vanellinae, by the presence of a large recurved crest and by the absence of either lappet or wing-spur.
The bill is short and slender, with a flattened culmen and slightly swollen dertrum; the linear nostril is placed in a groove which extends over more than half the upper mandible; the wings are very rounded. In the male the third primary is longest and the second equals the fourth; in the female the second and third are longest and the first equals the fourth; the tarsus is moderate and reticulated all round ; there is a small hind toe.
The genus contains but one species, which extends over the greater part of the Temperate Old World.