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Red Wattled Lapwing

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Red Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)

These Lapwings are very very vigilant and noisy. Trust me when I say noisy as I had first hand experience as I ventured near them to take some photographs and all of a sudden, both the male and female started flying in circles overhead and swooping down on me as if trying to frighten me, all the time sounding high decible noise of did-he-do-it calls. It was like a wrong fire alarm blowing in apartment, irritating and making us just go far away from them. They are otherwise very silent, wading through the marsh wetlands and open grounds for food.

Common Name: Red Wattled Lapwing                                           Scientific Name: Vanellus indicus
Global Status: Least Threatened                                                     Campus Status: ~10 in number. 
Local names: Assamese: Balighora                                               Size: 30-35 cms

Distinctive Identifiers:

1. Yellow legs

2. Black crown and neck

3. Black beak tip

4. White band from ears down to white belly

5. Red wattles and beak giving the bird its common name in English.

I think these birds were safeguarding this small sand mount, perhaps they nested there! Have a look here below.

Red wattled Lapwing

Red wattled Lapwing on the sand mount

Red wattled Lapwing

Red wattled Lapwing


About Avinash Hindupur

Dreamer, Creator, Speaker, Mentor. @iitguwahati alum, Creator of @deephunt_in. | Interested in all things data and machine learning.


6 thoughts on “Red Wattled Lapwing

  1. Such a beautiful bird. I have never seen one like this. I think this bird was protecting the nest and did not want you in their territory 🙂

    Posted by Northern Narratives | April 4, 2012, 9:34 PM


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