Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Red-wattled Lapwing - Vanellus Indicus

We were driving from Banglore through the Mandya district. When we stopped to stretch our legs and observe the green paddy fields, we saw several Red-wattled Lapwing birds. Yes, yes, their call sounded as, "Did he do it!" We wondered who the 'he' was, and amused ourselves by narrating imaginary stories about some 'he.' Road trips can be immense fun, isn't it?
The Red-wattled Lapwing birds being vigilant can detect intruders and sound alarms; thus making them foes of hunters. The birds can be found almost all over India. They have a Red colored wattle, the wings are White and Brown, and the legs are Yellow, and have short tails. Both sexes resemble each other; however, the male birds have longer wings. They feed on invertebrates, and are said to feed mostly during night. You can find these birds in ploughed fields, well-watered lands, beds of lakes, and so on.
Breeding season is from March to August. For information about breeding, see wikipedia.

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