Red-wattled Lapwing

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)

Featured articles:

BirdLife International. (2016). Vanellus indicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.