054 Red Wattled Lapwing

The Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) is about 35 cm long plover. Its head, chest and front of neck are black, but wings and back are light brown with a purple luster. Between these two colors, there is a large white patch running from the eyes and covering the underparts. Its bill is red with a black tip and long legs are yellow. It has a showy red wattle in front of each eye from which the bird has got its name “Red-wattled Lapwing.” It is found as resident breeder from West Asia eastward across the entire Indian Subcontinent to Southeast Asia. They build clumsy-looking nests with thin dry sticks and different colored pebbles on ground or roof tops that mix well with the surrounding. The female lays 3-4 cryptically lored eggs to match with the surrounding, so that they rcoemain camouflaged enough to deceive the predators.