Red-Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)

The Red-wattled Lapwing is a wader and are ground birds that are incapable of perching. Their characteristic loud calls that sound like ‘did he do it – did he do it’ are indications of human, animal or larger birds getting close to their habitat, especially when they are nesting or looking after the young. They nest in a ground scrape laying three to four camouflaged eggs. Adults near the nest fly around, diving at potential predators while calling noisily.

Red-wattled Lapwings are distinguished by a red fleshy wattle in front of each eye, black-tipped red bill, and the long yellow legs. They are often found on the edge of water bodies and in open scrub land and fields, in pairs, trios and larger groups. The distribution of the species is wide, ranging from Eastern Europe to South East Asia.

The breeding season is mainly March to August. The courtship involves the male puffing its feathers and pointing its beak upwards. The male then shuffles around the female. Several males may display to females and they may be close together.

Try and spot them near a water body by their tell tale call sign of ‘did you do it’!

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