Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius


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Further resources

African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) International Action Plan 2004

Detailed species account from Birds in Europe: population estimates, trends and conservation status (BirdLife International 2004)

Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

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Arkive species - Sociable lapwing (Vanellus gregarius)

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2018) Species factsheet: Vanellus gregarius. Downloaded from on 16/10/2018. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2018) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 16/10/2018.