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Yellow-wattled Lapwing

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Photo by Rajiv LatherKarnal, India, February 2005
Photo by Rajiv Lather
Karnal, India, February 2005
Vanellus malabaricus


[edit] Identification

  • Pale brown plumage
  • Black crown
  • Long white supercilium
  • Large yellow facial wattles
  • White underparts
  • White, black-tipped tail
  • Long yellow legs


JuvenilePhoto by Jugal TiwariKutch, Gujarat, India, August 2009
Photo by Jugal Tiwari
Kutch, Gujarat, India, August 2009


  • Black flight feathers
  • Brown coverts separated by a white bar

Underwings mostly white

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in the lowlands of southern Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Spreads out with Monsoon , showing localized migration pattern .

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Open lowland habitats, dry grassland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It nests in a ground scrape between March and May. The clutch consists of 4 eggs.

[edit] Diet

It is a ground feeder and the diet includes insects and other invertebrates.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. AvianWeb

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