New species in Iran

New species in Iran

The first national record of Grey-headed Lapwing for Iran. Seyed Ali Jebeli found one individual in Kish Island in the Persian Gulf on January 4, 2020.

The grey-headed lapwing (Vanellus Cinereus) is a lapwing species that breeds in northeast China (Inner Mongolia, C Manchuria, Jiangsu, Fujian) and neighboring parts of Russia and Japan (Honshu). Non-breeding in South Asia from Nepal, India, and Bangladesh to China and Indochina. New species in Iran

It has a grey head and neck, darker grey breast band, and white belly. The back is brown, the rump is white and the tail is black. Males and females look alike; except the males are slightly larger than females. They typically nest in wet grassland, rice fields, and marshland edges. The breeding season stretches from April to July.