White-tailed Lapwing
White-tailed Lapwing
White-tailed Lapwing (Fledgling)
White-tailed Lapwing
Scientific Name 
Vanellus leucurus
Arabic Name 
الزقزاق أبيض الذيل
Kuwaiti name 
دحروج أشهب
70.0 cm
28.0 cm
Least Concern


Uncommon passage migrant; has bred. Usually seen in wetlands in small numbers. Up to 61 observed together in late February 1999. One of the most elegant and long-legged of the lapwings, often found close to water.
Where in Kuwait 
Typically found around inland pools with reed cover in the Jahra area. If conditions are favourable breeding takes place at these sites.
In the world 
This species has a large range and is fully migratory in central Asia although there are some sedentary populations in the Middle East. This species is never far from fresh or salt water, where it forages for food. It has been known to swim when foraging, and is one of only two species in its family to regularly put its head underwater when searching for food.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and wetland habitat loss. In the Middle East context, the loss of wetland habitats in Mesopotamia owing to drainage, and wetland destruction in Iraq (two of the core breeding and wintering areas) poses a bug threat to this species.