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Red-wattled Lapwing - BirdForum Opus

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

Identification

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

Distribution

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

Taxonomy

Subspecies

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:

Habitat

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

Behaviour

Breeding

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

Diet

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

Vocalisation

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

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. 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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