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River Lapwing - BirdForum Opus

Vanellus duvaucelii
Breeding pair in typical river-bed habitat
Photo © by Alok Tewari
River Baddi, Himalayan Foothills, Himachal Pradesh, India, 10 June 2013


29·5–31·5 cm (11½-12.5 in)

  • Brown upperparts
  • White rump
  • Black tail
  • Black crest, crown, face and central throat
  • Greyish-white neck sides and nape
  • Greyish-brown breast band
  • White underparts
  • Black belly patch
  • Black carpal spur ( seen better in the bird on right in the image here )
  • White under wings and upper wing secondaries
  • Brown upper wing coverts
Behavior : attacking a Red-wattled Lapwing who ventured close to its nesting area ; revealing upper-wing detail
Photo © by Alok Tewari
River Baddi, Himalayan Foothills, Himachal Pradesh, India, 10 June 2013


Asia found on the rivers of India and Nepal to southwestern China and Indochina. And North Thailand with stragglers as far south as Bangkok


This is a monotypic species[1].


Generally found on or near rivers with shingle and sand banks, wet grassland and farmland; and larger water bodies, such as reservoirs.



The nest is a shallow ground scrape. The clutch consists of 2 eggs.


Their diet consists of worms, crustaceans and molluscs. They may also include frogs and tadpoles.


Recording by Alok Tewari
Calls given by a nesting pair on perception of threat due to presence of other birds.
River Baddi, Himalayan Foothills, Himachal Pradesh, India, 10 June 2013.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)
  3. https://www.hbw.com/species/river-lapwing-vanellus-duvaucelii#Descriptive_notes
  4. Wikipedia

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