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Yellow-wattled Lapwing - BirdForum Opus

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


Photo © by Jugal Tiwari
Kutch, Gujarat, India, August 2009

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


Photo © by drkishore
Nunna village, Vijayawada, India, September 2013


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

Underwings mostly white


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


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open lowland habitats, dry grassland.


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


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


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


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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.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. AvianWeb

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