River Lapwing


River lapwing is sedentary in habit. It is relatively quiet compared with the Red-wattled Lapwings.

In this article we will explore where to spot this bird, and learn more about its habits and habitat.

Habitat: Best places to spot River lapwing

As name suggests this bird is found near rivers and lakes.


March to June is its breeding season.

Food Habits

It forages alone. River lapwing feeds on insects, worms, crustaceans and molluscs.

Plumage: How does this bird looks?

River lapwing’s average length is 29-32 cms. Crest, crown, face and central throat are black. Neck sides and back of neck (nape) are grey white. Underparts are white with grey brown breast and has black patch on belly. Its back is brown, rump is white and tail is black.

During flight one can see its black primaries, white under wings and upper wing secondaries and brown upper wing coverts. Both the sexes have similar plumage.


It is not a gregarious bird..

Classification :

  • Kingdom – Animalia
  • Phylum – Chordata
  • Class – Aves
  • Order – Charadriiformes
  • Family – Charadriidae
  • Genus – Vanellus
  • Species – V.Duvaucelli
  • Binomial Name- Vanellus Duvaucelli

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