Yellow-wattled Lapwing

Scientific Name: Vanellus malabaricus
Common Name: Yellow-wattled Lapwing
Other Name: zirdi, chitawa, jithiri, pili tatihri, laori, parasna titodi,
vagdau titodi, pitmukhi titvi, manjakanni, haladi tittibha, aalkati, kiraluwa

Identifying Features: black crown, yellow legs, brown upper parts, white belly, large yellow facial wattles

Fun Facts:

  • Endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. It is found mainly on the dry plains of peninsular India and has a sharp call and is capable of fast flight.
  • When the nests are approached, the incubating bird attempts to move away from the nest without drawing attention to it.


This image was clicked by Stuart Reeds – via Flickr.

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