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White-tailed Plover

Vanellus leucurus

Description:

White-tailed Plover with Red Wattled Lapwing. White-tailed Plover breeds semi-colonially on inland marshes in Iraq, Iran and southern Russia. The Iraqi and Iranian breeders are mainly residents, but Russian birds migrate south in winter to south Asia, the Middle East and north east Africa. This medium-sized lapwing is long-legged and fairly long-billed. It is the only lapwing likely to be seen in other than very shallow water, where it picks insects and other small prey mainly from the surface. Adults are slim erect birds with a brown back and foreneck, paler face and grey breast. Its long yellow legs, pure white tail and distinctive brown, white and black wings make this species unmistakable. Young birds have a scaly back, and may show some brown in the tail.

Habitat:

Seen at a marshy wetland.

Notes:

Details from wikipedia. Clicked by Atul and uploaded with his permission.

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