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Browsing through a species group

Depending on your selection, you can have a family or genus displayed.

You have a number of filter options: a. all, ticked or non-ticked (Default all); b. Geographical areas (default All) and c. checklist to be used (default as per your personal settings - Clements 6.7 for birds and GT 2.0 for non-birds). If you have modified the options, you need to click on "Set Filter" to activate.

* Column 1 gives sequence # based on the checklist that has been filtered
* Column 2 has a green tick marker if you have ticked the taxa
* Column 3 shows the IUCN codes (click on the code and you will be linked to IUCN species info site)

By clicking on on the menu line on any of these 3 columns (and column 5 and 6, see below), it will sort ascendingly or descendingly. You restore to the default sequence by clicking on column 1 until you have sequence #1 at the top.

* Column 4 has a Show/Hide marker for polytypic species (i.e. a species with multiple subspecies) - click on to show the underlying taxa; click again to hide. If you have expanded a number of polytypic species, you can hide them all by clicking on the species group itself.

* Column 5 (English name), column 6 (Scientific name) and, if you have the language option other than English, column 7 (Domestic name) are self-explanatory. The English and scientific names are from the checklist that has been filtered (in this case Clements 6.7). The domestic names come from various sources and translations.

* Column 8 has markers for species or subspecies with photos ( links to Photo Gallery) and those which lack photos ( links to Photo Upload page).

You can set the value on how many entries you want to display at a time. Also, you have a Search field with a predictive search function (starts after you have typed two letters) which is handy when browsing through big species groups like e.g. hummingbirds.

Finally, you will be redirected to the info page of the species which is highlighted in yellow by clicking on it.
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1 Northern Lapwing
Vanellus vanellus
EU widespread Non-breeding: n AF
2 Long-toed Lapwing
Vanellus crassirostris
AF c, e, se
    Vanellus crassirostris crassirostris
Nigeria to s Sudan south to e DR Congo and n Tanzania
    Vanellus crassirostris leucopterus
s DR Congo to Malawi south to Botswana and ne South Africa
5 Blacksmith Lapwing
Vanellus armatus
AF Angola to Kenya and south to South Africa
6 Spur-winged Lapwing
Vanellus spinosus
EU, AF se Europe and Middle east, Mauritania to Guinea and east to Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania, north to Egypt
7 River Lapwing   NT 
Vanellus duvaucelii
OR nc India through Southeast Asia
8 Black-headed Lapwing
Vanellus tectus
AF e, c, w
    Vanellus tectus tectus
sw Mauritania to Ethiopia south to Ivory Coast and Uganda
    Vanellus tectus latifrons
s Somalia to e Kenya
11 Yellow-wattled Lapwing
Vanellus malabaricus
OR India
12 White-crowned Lapwing
Vanellus albiceps
AF Senegal to South Sudan and Angola. Tanzania, Zambia to Mozambique and South Africa
13 Senegal Lapwing
Vanellus lugubris
AF se, c, w
14 Black-winged Lapwing
Vanellus melanopterus
AF e, se
    Vanellus melanopterus melanopterus
Ethiopia and Eritrea to nw Somalia
    Vanellus melanopterus minor
Kenya, Tanzania, coastal South Africa
17 Crowned Lapwing
Vanellus coronatus
AF e, s
    Vanellus coronatus demissus
n Somalia
    Vanellus coronatus coronatus
Ethiopia and e Africa to Zambia and South Africa
    Vanellus coronatus xerophilus
sw Angola to w South Africa and w Zimbabwe
21 African Wattled Lapwing
Vanellus senegallus
AF widespread
    Vanellus senegallus senegallus
Senegal and Gambia to Eritrea and Ethiopia, south to ne DR Congo and n Uganda
    Vanellus senegallus lateralis
s and e DR Congo to w Kenya south to n Namibia and e South Africa
24 Spot-breasted Lapwing
Vanellus melanocephalus
AF Ethiopia
25 Brown-chested Lapwing
Vanellus superciliosus
AF Nigeria to n DR Congo
26 Grey-headed Lapwing
Vanellus cinereus
EU e Siberia, Japan, ne and e China Non-breeding: OR
27 Red-wattled Lapwing
Vanellus indicus
OR widespread, also Middle East
    Vanellus indicus aigneri
se Turkey to Pakistan
    Vanellus indicus indicus
c Pakistan to Nepal, ne India and Bangladesh
    Vanellus indicus lankae
Sri Lanka
    Vanellus indicus atronuchalis
ne India to s China, se Asia, Malay Pen. and n Sumatra
32 Javan Lapwing   CR 
Vanellus macropterus †
OR Java
33 Banded Lapwing
Vanellus tricolor
AU sw, s, se Australia
34 Masked Lapwing
Vanellus miles
AU widespread
    Vanellus miles miles
coastal New Guinea, Aru Is., n Australia
    Vanellus miles novaehollandiae
s Australia, New Zealand
37 Sociable Lapwing   CR 
Vanellus gregarius
EU c Asia Non-breeding: n India, ne AF
38 White-tailed Lapwing
Vanellus leucurus
EU sw Asia Non-breeding: n India, ne AF
39 Southern Lapwing
Vanellus chilensis
MA, SA widespread
    Vanellus chilensis cayennensis
Costa Rica, Panama, n South America
    Vanellus chilensis lampronotus
c and e Brazil to n Chile and n Argentina
    Vanellus chilensis fretensis
s Chile and s Argentina
    Vanellus chilensis chilensis
c Chile and wc Argentina
44 Andean Lapwing
Vanellus resplendens
SA Colombia to nw Argentina

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