Lapwings - one of the most agile wading birds
Updated: Aug 1
RED - WATTLED LAPWING
· During walk in a pleasant morning a flock of birds giving loud alarm calls as ‘ did he do it , did he do it’ & ‘did did did’ draw our attention and driven by curiosity we started to follow them.
We clicked some beautiful photographs of these magnificent birds displaying black cap & neck , red bill with black tip, yellow legs, white patch on ear coverts & white collars – known as ‘Red - wattled Lapwing”. These are the widely spread residents of India.
· A medium to large wading bird, displays superb manoeuvring during flight. They are very active and able to change course of flight conveniently and swiftly.
Red-wattled Lapwings in flight
· They feed mainly in early morning and in moon-lit night.
· They belongs to family called ‘Charadriidae ‘ and scientific name is ‘ Vanellus indcus’ .
YELLOW - WATTLED LAPWING
· A variant of Lapwing displaying yellow wattles & legs, white eye-strip, unique black cap, brown breast-band & white belly – known as ‘ Yellow-wattled Lapwing’.
· Their call are distinctive as ‘tchee - it’ & ‘tit - tit - tit’.
· Normally live in pairs or small flocks.
· Scientific name is ‘ Vanellus malabaricus’.
The colourful wattles, superb flight, highly active movement and distinctive sharp voice – all these features make Lapwings a very interesting bird.