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Red-wattled Lapwing

(Hoplopterus indicus)
Alternate name(s): "Red-wattled Plover"
Size: 32-35 cm; wing span ca. 80 cm
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red-wattled Lapwing at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of an adult Red-wattled Lapwing
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Now turned slightly...
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Lateral view of a Red-wattled Lapwing
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Different light conditions change the appearance slightly; note how in this photo the legs of the Red-wattled Lapwing appear to be brighter yellow
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, October 2009]

Dorsal view of a Red-wattled Lapwing
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, October 2009]

Red-wattled Lapwing approaching a pond to take a bath
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Dip in to check the water temperature...; the guy in the background who looks like a member of "Baywatch" is a Common Myna
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

... then start the real big splash...
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

... and finally really go for it!
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Lateral view of a Red-wattled Lapwing in flight

Red-wattled Lapwing in flight seen from underneath
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Juvenile Red-wattled Lapwing; note the greyish "bib" and crown
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Here a juvenile Red-wattled Lapwing is approaching the bathroom
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Nobody looking?
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

OK, then dip in...
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Juvenile Red-wattled Lapwing drinking
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Adult Red-wattled Lapwing caught by surprise, with a chick out in the open; note the clear black-and-white colour pattern on the chick's neck
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, May 2010]

Red-wattled Lapwing chick hiding, making use of its excellent camouflage; now the black-and-white colour pattern on the neck is almost completely hidden from view
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, May 2010]

This is the other Red-wattled Lapwing chick's sibling, also pretending to be a stone; both chicks are still quite young - one can still see the horn used to crack open the egg shell
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, May 2010]

Behaviour

Red-wattled Lapwings are very vigilant birds that defend their nests and their territories. As such they are used by other birds, for example by Grey Francolins, as sentries.

Red-wattled Lapwing raising an alarm
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

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