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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
Well camouflaged nidifugous youngsterPhoto by aloktewariDist. Gurgaon, India, May 2014
Well camouflaged nidifugous youngster
Photo by aloktewari
Dist. Gurgaon, India, May 2014


  • 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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