Saturday, February 22, 2014

Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)

English: Red-wattled Lapwing
Scientific: Vanellus indicus
Sinhala: රත් යටිමල් කිරළා[Rath yatimal kirala]

This bird can be seen in wetlands of Udawalawa and Yala in pairs or small groups. Still small groups of Red-wattled Lapwings can be seen even in wetlands of Colombo district Of Sri Lanka. V. indicus can be identified easily by its red color fleshy wattle in front of each eye and the black tipped red beak. It is popular for its loud call that rendered as "did he do it or pity to do it". Apart from Sri lanka they have been distributed across West Asia eastwards across South Asia and Southeast Asia. They feed on insects, snails and grains.

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