Spur-winged Lapwing
Spur-winged Lapwing
Spur-winged Lapwing
Scientific Name 
Vanellus spinosus
Arabic Name 
الزقزاق ذو الجناح الناتئ
Kuwaiti name 
75.0 cm
26.0 cm
Least Concern


Vagrant; most often observed in winter, autumn and early spring. Breeds in the southern Tigris-Euphrates valley. Usually found at or near fresh and saline wetlands, as well as on irrigated farmland.
Where in Kuwait 
A conspicuous and unmistakable bird with only 11 records for Kuwait and the majority from the Jahra Bay area.
In the world 
A species with a large range and increasing population. African breeding populations are largely sedentary but may make irregular local movements (e.g. to drier areas during the rains) although it does not appear to be very sensitive to seasonal changes in water-level. Breeders in the eastern Mediterranean region are fully migratory however and disperse south to Africa for the winter.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and loss of natural and semi-natural saltmarsh habitats.