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White-tailed Lapwing

Vanellus leucura (Lichtenstein, 1823)

Чайка білохвоста | Белохвостая пигалица

2008-05-03
Tiligulsky liman. Odesskaya oblast.
© Oleg Formanyuk

Description

Males and females of White-tailed Lapwing are similar in both summer and winter plumage. Forehead, head-flanks and throat are white. Upper-head and other upperparts are smoky-brownish; back is reddish tinged. Craw is same color with upper-head; breast is ashy-grey, belly pinkish-buff. Tail, upper- and upper-tail are white. Primaries are black, secondaries are white (outer secondaries are with black tips). Greater wing coverts are with broad white tips and black band before white color. Axillaries are white. Bill is black, legs are yellow. Eyes are reddish-brown, eye-ring is narrow red. Juveniles have spots on upperparts: feathers have dark terminal spots and buffy tips. Head-flanks, neck and craw are dim, grayish; underparts are off-white. There isn't gloss of plumage. Size: wing 165 – 180 mm, bill 26-30 mm.

References

"Птицы Казахстана" том 2. Алма-Ата, 1962.

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