The Red-wattled Lapwing Pictures and Detail (A Bird with Lady like Walk)

Red-wattled Lapwing,
Red-Wattled lapwing

The Red-wattled Lapwing Pictures and Detail

This is the one bird that I saw very late in life, but I heard lots of its noise from childhood. From childhood, it was very common to hear loud calls from this bird throughout the day. It is common to hear loud calls of Red-wattled Lapwing at night because these birds feed at night and make noise. 

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Red-wattled Lapwing, Bird, Stickers,

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Around 20 years back at night when I was studying then it was quite often to hear the voices of Red-wattled Lapwing. This bird is very common in the Northern part of India where I spent most of my childhood. I can easily recognize Red-wattled lapwing through its voice only. 

Red-wattled lapwing, eyes
Red-wattled Lapwing watching me

Red-wattled Lapwing is found in West Asia to South Asia. In India, it is very common and we can find it up to the Southern tip of India. Sometimes, they do migrate to altitudes in the summer, but mostly these are resident birds.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing
We find Red-wattled Lapwings near water bodies, fields, watered lands, dry lands, and lakes. Though, they can be easily seen in wild and open grasslands looking for insects. Mostly, this bird is found in pairs or small groups; however, I found it alone most of the time.
Red-wattled Lapwing, Wild
Red-wattled Lapwing in Wild
The male and female Red-wattled Lapwing are similar in shape and colour, though, male red-wattled lapwings are slighter and bigger in size. The main thing about this bird is its call which sounds like did-he-do-it.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing
Where I live, this bird is called Titeeri and the scientific name of this bird is Vanellus indicus. It belongs to the Charadriidae family of birds. Red-wattled Lapwing are mainly insects; though they do eat grains when it is available. In the picture below, you can see a Red-wattled Lapwing eating Bajra grain.
Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing
When I see the Red-wattled Lapwings, then I feel that many ladies must have learned to walk from this bird because the most noticeable thing in red-wattled lapwing is its style of walking as he is walking on the ramp. We can also notice shoe heel-like parts attached to their feet.

In the two pictures below, we can see delicacy and style in the standing and walking style of a red-wattled Lapwing.
Red-wattled Lapwing, Slow walk
Red-wattled Lapwing Slow Walking

Red-wattled standing, one foot
Red-wattled Standing on one foot

My Father-in-law told me that this bird sleeps with both feet up because red-wattled lapwings think that the weight of the whole earth is on his feet, though, I do not find a reference about it.

These birds take care of their children very well and they sometimes make their nest on rooftops. 

Red-wattled lapwings are great birds, though a little bit noisy.

Update - 27/04/2023 

The Red-wattling Lapwing nest on the next roof
neighbourhood, red-wattling lapwingm
My Neighbour Red-wattled Lapwing

Recently, I found that a pair of red-wattling lapwing are staying next to me on the roof of a government dispensary. So, I took some of their pictures. Mostly, Red-wattling lapwings make their nests on the ground but due to decreasing open and safe grounds around us due to human encroachment, they have started making their nests on the rooftops where people do not have access. They make their nest in the open and both male and female birds can be found guarding it. Their nest is made of pebbles and droppings of animals like goats. I felt very excited to see them living so close to me. 

The Nest of Red-wattling Lapwing 

Nest, red-wattling lapwing,
Nest of Red-wattling lapwing

Red-wattled lapwing with lapwing babies (Updated 10/05/2023) -

Red-wattled lapwing, banies
Red-wattled Lapwing Pair with lapwing babies

Last time, I told you about a pair of red-wattled lapwings making a nest near my home. Yesterday, their nest hatched the female lapwing and gave birth to three tiny lapwing babies from birth, lapwing babies are quite active and they try hard to get familiar with their surroundings. At present, I am writing this update in the constant noise created by this pair. These birds look very protective for their kids so they always remain extra vigil about the predators in the surrounding. I am sharing some pictures of this pair of red-wattled lapwings and their babies. In these pictures, we can see the bonding between the lapwing family. 
More Pictures of Red-wattled lapwing family with Lapwing Babies

Red-wattled Lapwing, pair, babies

Red-wattled Lapwing, pair, babies,

Red-wattled Lapwing, babies,

Red-wattled Lapwing, Banies,

 Here are some unique points about this bird-

 Appearance: The Red-wattled Lapwing has a striking appearance, with a black head, neck, and breast, and a brown back and wings. It also has a large, bright red wattle on each side of its head, which gives it its name. 

 Habitat: The Red-wattled Lapwing is commonly found in wetlands, fields, and open grasslands across Asia, from the Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia. 

 Vocalizations: The Red-wattled Lapwing is known for its loud and distinctive calls, which consist of a series of repeated notes that sound like "did-he-do-it" or "pity-to-do-it." Nesting: Red-wattled Lapwings are ground-nesting birds that typically lay their eggs in shallow scrapes in the ground, often in open fields or other grassy areas. 

 Aggressive behaviour: Red-wattled Lapwings are known for their aggressive behaviour, particularly during the breeding season, when they will defend their nesting territory and young fiercely against other birds, animals, and even humans. 
Diet: The Red-wattled Lapwing primarily feeds on insects, particularly beetles, grasshoppers, and crickets, which it catches by running and picking them up with its bill. 

 Conservation status: The Red-wattled Lapwing is listed as a species of "least concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), although habitat loss and degradation have led to declines in some populations.

All Pictures of Red-wattled Lapwing by Arvind Katoch


  1. The noise made by this bird is very irritating. it make noise continuously for two to three hours and use to make any time even at night. How I can prevent it.


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