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“On the afternoon of 13th January 2014, while passing through Lembah Beringin (Peninsular Malaysia), we had a chance encounter with a pair of Red-wattled Lapwings (Vanellus indicus) in a grassy patch (above).

“Upon closer inspection, a young chick was spotted. It was probably not more than a week old, but already pecking away in search of small insects. However, it never wandered too far from either or both of its parents (above).

“At the slightest hint of danger, such as a raptor soaring overhead, the parents would utter their characteristic calls and take flight, signaling the chick to crouch and take cover. Although the Red-wattled Lapwing typically breeds from February to June and may lay up to four eggs (Robson, 2000), there would be exceptions to this ‘rule’”.

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming & Dr. Vilma D’Rozario
16th January 2013

Robson, C., 2000. A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd, London. 504 pp.

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Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

2 Responses

  1. Khalid Azam

    How can we differentiate between male and female lapwing?
    Especially in red-wattled lapwing

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