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Red-wattled Lapwing

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Nominate subspecies : Pair in breeding plumage Photo by Alok Tewari Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, Jan-2017
Nominate subspecies : Pair in breeding plumage
Photo by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, Jan-2017
Vanellus indicus

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[edit] Identification

Self-foraging nidifugous chick Ssp. V. i. indicusPhoto by Alok TewariDistt. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, June 2014
Self-foraging nidifugous chick Ssp. V. i. indicus
Photo by Alok Tewari
Distt. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, June 2014

32–35 cm (12½-13¾ in)

  • Light brown wings and back
  • Black head and chest and front part of neck
  • White patch runs between belly and tail, flanking the neck to the sides of crown
  • Short tail is tipped black
  • A red fleshy wattle in front of each eye
  • Black-tipped red bill
  • Long yellow legs
  • In flight, prominent white V-shaped wing bar

[edit] Distribution

From south-eastern Turkey to Iraq, south-western Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and east to Burma, Thailand, Indochina and Malaysia.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Subspecies V. i. atronuchalisPhoto by kctsangMelacca, Western Malaysia, March 2006
Subspecies V. i. atronuchalis
Photo by kctsang
Melacca, Western Malaysia, March 2006

Four subspecies are recognized:[1]

  • V.i. aigneri:
  • V.i. indicus:
  • V.i. lankae:
  • V.i. atronuchalis:

[edit] Habitat

Open country and forest clearings, freshwater wetlands. Dry fields, bush country, near swamps, rivers and coasts.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

Its nest is a ground scrape; the clutch consisting of 3-4 buff eggs with black blotches.

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of insects and larvae such as ants, beetles, caterpillars, insects, snails and other invertebrates, as well as some vegetation.

[edit] Vocalisation

Nominate subspecies juvenilePhoto by S K GudiHubli, India, July 2016
Nominate subspecies juvenile
Photo by S K Gudi
Hubli, India, July 2016

A very noisy bird.
Call: What ya doin. When excited: What are you doin and when they get really stressed it sounds more like What ya think ya doin.


Listen in an external program
Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, April-2015
Panic / frantic calls by a group of birds.
In the file below can be heard the mating call followed by usual communicating calls:

Listen in an external program
Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, June-2017

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2016)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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