Vanellus duvaucelii   (Lesson,  1826) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 29-32 cm.

Voice: Sharp and persistent high-pitched did, did, (did...)- do-wit.

Habits: Generally solitary or in pairs, rarely in flocks of up to 6 birds, foraging behaviour similar to Redwattled Lapwing, breeds from March to June, nests in open sand and shingle along the river.

Adult: Sexes alike. Bill, head and occipital crest (drooping over back) black, upperparts sandy grey-brown, upper tail-coverts and tail white, the latter with its terminal half black, central secondaries white, chin, cheek, throat and a patch on abdomen black bordered with white, upper breast vinous-grey, remaining under-parts white, legs and feet reddish-black.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• River Lapwing (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Sandy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Carnivorous (molluscs, crustaceans, insects, fish, frog, tadpoles, etc.)
IUCN Status:  Least Concern



Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Birding in India and South Asia Available at -
  • Srinivasulu, C (2004) Birds of kawal wildlife sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh , India Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 101(1) 3-25 Available at - NIO, Goa

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