Vanellus malarbaricus

The Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Vanellus malabaricus, is a lapwing, a group of medium sized waders in the family Charadriidae. It is a non-migratory breeder restricted to the Indian Subcontinent and is found on the dry plains. Although they do not migrate, they are known to make seasonal movements in response to rains. Like other lapwings and plovers, they are ground birds and their nest is a mere collection of tiny pebbles within which their well camouflaged eggs are laid. The chicks are nidifugous, leaving the nest shortly after hatching and following their parents to forage for food.

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The Vanellus malarbaricus is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malarbaricus is a very local and apparently declining resident in North India. Unlike its noisy and widespread cousin, the Red-wattled Lapwing, it is rather quiet and unobtrusive and favours drier open areas usually with bare sand or mud. It is not a bird of wetlands or rivers. Nevertheless it will occupy quite small areas of open land in urban and peri-urban areas and there are such sites scattered through Delhi city. More

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Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Charadriidae
Genus : Vanellus
Species : malarbaricus
Authority : (Boddaert, 1783)