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Red Wattled Lapwing

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The Red-wattled Lapwing with the scientific name Vanellus indicus is a lapwing or large plover or a wader species falling under the family Charadriidae and the order charadriiformes.

It is a very common resident in most parts of the Indian subcontinent.

The various local names comprises of titeeri (Hindi), titodi (Gujarati),tateehar (Sindhi), hatatut (Kashmiri),yennappa chitawa (Telugu), balighora (Assamese), aal-kaati (Tamil). The quick classification of Red-wattled Lapwing is as below,

Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Vanellus
Species V. indicus

Physical Characteristics:

Red-wattled Lapwings are large waders or plover with crimson red wattle, black tipped red bill, black tipped short tail and bright yellow legs.It is about 32 to 35cm long and has a red fleshy wattle before each eye. The head, chest and front part of the neck are black in color while the wings and back are colored light brown in combination with purple sheen. A white patch runs between these two colors right from the belly and tail, flanking the neck to the sides of the crown.

They make loud alarm calls which are rendered as, did he do it or pity to do it which lead to colloquial name for the bird as 'The did-he-do-it bird'. Usually they are seen in pairs or small groups close to water bodies. Perhaps, they form large flocks of about 25 to 200 birds during the non-breeding season probably during winter season.

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