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Red Wattled Lapwing

Vanellus indicus


A red fleshy wattle in front of each eye is the reason of the name "red wattled". The wings and back are light brown. Head (crown), chest and front part of neck are black.Prominent white broad patch runs between these two colors from eye to shoulder and on underparts.Short tail is tipped black. Black-tipped red bill. Long yellow legs. They eat insects mostly picked from the ground. Also feed on some grains.


Usually seen in pairs or small groups near fresh or brackish water. Near mudbanks, canals, rivers, ditches, puddles in cultivated lands, waste ground, areas of old cultivation.


Colloquial names "did-he-do-it", "titteer" for its loud alarm calls which sounds like this.

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Gujarat, India

Spotted on Dec 29, 2013
Submitted on May 6, 2014

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