Class: Aves Order: Charadriiformes Family: Charadriidae Genus:Vanellus Species: V. indicus
Status:Least Concern Population Trend:Unknown
Morphology, Habit, Habitat and Behavior
Feeding habit: The diet of the lapwing includes a range of insects, snails and other invertebrates, mostly picked from the ground. They may also feed on some grains. source India Nature Watch Migration Status: Resident Height: 32-35 cm Identity: Black cap and breast, red bill with black tip, and yellow leg. In flight, shows white greater-covert wing-bar and black tail brand. Juvenile is duller than adult, with whitish throat V. i. atronuchalis, of E India, has black head, neck and breast, with white patch on ear-coverts and white collar. Call: An agitated and penetrating did he do it, did he do it and a less intrusive did did did. Habit and Habitat: Keeps in pairs and small flocks of up to about 12 birds. A vigilant and noisy bird; when alarmed call loudly and frantically while circling overhead. Forages by walking or running in short spurts, then stops and probes with body tilted forward; also vibrates its foot rapidly on surface to flush invertebrates. Feed mainly at night and in early mornings and evenings. Usually flies slowly and with deep flaps. Open flat ground near water. source BIRDS OF INDIA, 2nd Edition; Richard Geimmett, Carol Inskipp & Tim Inskipp.