White-tailed Lapwing

Vanellus leucurus (MHK Lichtenstein, 1823) VN WHTPL 4920
Family: Charadriiformes > Charadriidae

White-tailed Lapwing, Keith Lindley

A cousin of the Lapwing, this wader has striking yellow legs and occurs near water in central Asia and the Middle East, but is only an extremely rare visitor to Britain.

Added to the British List following a bird at Packington, Warwickshire in July 1975, with a handful of subsequent records.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
514 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
514 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

White-tailed Lapwing breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
More from the Atlas Mapstore.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


White-tailed Lapwing is a very rare vagrant; a recent long-staying individual accounts for many of these records.

Weekly occurence of White-tailed Lapwing from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about White-tailed Lapwing, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Cornchwiglen Gynffonwen
Catalan: fredeluga cuablanca
Czech: keptuška beloocasá
Danish: Sumpvibe
Dutch: Witstaartkievit
Estonian: valgesaba-kiivitaja
Finnish: suohyyppä
French: Vanneau à queue blanche
German: Weißschwanzkiebitz
Hungarian: fehérfarkú lilebíbic
Icelandic: Flóavepja
Italian: Pavoncella codabianca
Latvian: baltastes kivite
Lithuanian: baltauodege pempe
Norwegian: Sumpvipe
Polish: czajka stepowa
Portuguese: abibe-de-cauda-branca
Slovak: cíbik bielochvostý
Slovenian: belorepa priba
Spanish: Avefría coliblanca
Swedish: sumpvipa

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