Wild Birds

Yellow-wattled Lapwings

Yellow-wattled Lapwings


The Yellow-wattled Lapwings, Vanellus malabaricus, is a lapwing, a group of largish waders in the family Charadriidae. It is a resident breeder in India.

This species is common in much of India, being seen in a variety of open lowland habitats. It tends to be seen in drier habitats than Red-wattled Lapwing and vanellus indicus.



These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are medium-large pale brown waders with a black crown, long white supercilium and large yellow facial wattles. The underparts are white, and the tail is white, tipped black.

In flight, the upper wings have black flight feathers and brown coverts separated by a white bar. The underwings are largely white. The long legs are yellow.


Breeding / Nesting:

The peak breeding season is in March to May ahead of the monsoons. It lays four eggs on a ground scrape. The nidifugous young are well camouflaged as they forage with their parents. Chicks will squat flat on the ground and freeze when parents emit an alarm call.


Song / Vocalization:

Yellow-wattled Lapwing has a loud Teu-oo call.


Diet / Feeding:

The food of the Yellow-wattled Lapwing is insects and other invertebrates, which are picked from the ground.

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