Yellow Wattled Lapwing


(Hindi name- Ziradi)

Yellow wattled lapwing is resident breeder to Indian subcontinent.

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

Habitat: Best places to spot Yellow wattled lapwing

This species is common in much of India and seen in variety of open low land habitats. It tends to be seen in drier habitats than Red wattled lapwing. It is found in dry stony and open grass land or scrub habitats.

Breeding & Nesting Habits

Yellow wattled lapwing breeds in dry season. Peak breeding is from March to May, ahead of the monsoons. Four eggs are laid. Nest is a scrape in ground. Belly soaking is done by parents to cool the chicks or eggs. The incubation period is of 27-30 days. The chicks leave the nest shortly after hatching and follow their parents to forage. The chicks are well camouflaged. In response to the alarm call by parents, chicks freeze and squat flat on ground.

Food Habits

Yellow wattled lapwing forage on ground. It feeds on insects, beetles, termites and other invertebrates.

Plumage: How does this bird looks?

Yellow wattled lapwing is clearly visible and unmistakable bird. This is medium sized bird. It is pale brown and have black crown. Black crown is separated from the brown on the neck by narrow white band and large yellow facial wattles. Its chin and throat are black. Tail has sub terminal black bands. Inner half of the wing has white wing bar. The bill is yellow at base. It has tiny yellow carpal spurs.


Yellow wattled lapwing is non-migratory bird though in response to rain, seasonal movements are seen.

Classification :

  • Kingdom – Animalia
  • Phylum – Chordata
  • Class – Aves
  • Order – Charadriformes
  • Family – Charadridae
  • Genus – Vanellus
  • Species – V.Malabaricus
  • Binomial Name- Vanellus Malabaricus

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