Scientific Name: Vanellus indicus
Malay Name: Ceriwit Duit-duit
Chinese Name: 肉垂麦鸡
Widespread. Turkey, Iraq, Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Indian subcontinent, South-west China and throughout South-east Asia.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: aigneri, indicus, lankae, atronuchalis.
Local Subspecies: atronuchalis
Size: 31.5-35 cm
Black head and upper breast, red-bill with black tip, red facial skin, and white patch on ear coverts. Sandy greyish-brown upperparts with narrow white band across mantle, white underparts and long yellow legs.
Similar looking species: Grey-headed Lapwing
Habitat: Marshes, cultivated land, grassland, wasteland, margin of lakes, ponds and large rivers.
Behaviour/Ecology: Usually found in pairs or family parties. Sharp, incessant vocalization when alarmed.
Local Status: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
BirdLife International. (2016). Vanellus indicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22694013A89569039.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.