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Birds

Red-wattled
Lapwing

Least Concern

Unknown

Red-wattled Lapwing

Vanellus indicus

The Red-wattled Lapwing is a long legged bird with light brown body, red fleshy wattle in front of each eye. The beak is red, with black point. Seen singly or in pairs on ground or sometimes distributed in more numbers in open areas, edge of ponds & tanks. Can fly well, but prefers to be on ground. Diet mainly includes Insects, grubs, mollusks.

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Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    বালিঘোৰা
  • Bengali:
    হটটিটি
  • Gujarati:
    ટીટોડી
  • Hindi:
    टिटहरी
  • Kannada:
    ಕೆಂ ಟಿಟ್ಟಿಭ
  • Malayalam:
    ചെങ്കണ്ണി തിത്തിരി
  • Marathi:
    टिटवी, ताम्रमुखी टिटवी
  • Nepali:
    हुटिट्याउँ
  • Oriya:
    ତିତିରି
  • Sanskrit:
    ताम्रमुखी टिट्टिभ
  • Tamil:
    சிவப்பு மூக்கு ஆள்காட்டி
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Taxanomy

CHARADRIIFORMES
CHARADRIIDAE
Vanellus indicus

Quick Facts
  • People in various parts of India predict whether the rain would be good or poor based on the bird's behaviour. If it lays eggs on high ground it is a indication of rain being good, otherwise the rains would be poor.
  • The eggs of this bird are known to be gathered by folk medicine practitioners for medicinal purposes.
  • They soak their belly feathers to provide water to their chicks as well as to cool the eggs during hot weather.
Red-wattled Lapwing

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