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Yellow-wattled Lapwing

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


[edit] Identification

24–28 cm (9½-11 in)

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


Pair in courtshipPhoto by Alok TewariGurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, April-2017
Pair in courtship
Photo by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, April-2017


  • 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

Well camouflaged nidifugous youngPhoto by Alok TewariDist. Gurgaon, India, May 2014
Well camouflaged nidifugous young
Photo by Alok Tewari
Dist. Gurgaon, India, May 2014

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] Vocalisation

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Recording by Alok Tewari
A courting pair was foraging in the open scrub countryside, close to sunset, when one of them gave a single call to connect with the other, who had wandered a bit farther, for comfort.

[edit] References

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

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