Red-wattled Lapwing – juveniles & calls

on 29th July 2018

“I saw a pair of adults Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis) caring for 3 juveniles this morning.

“When comparing juveniles to adults:
1. Juveniles have a brown head instead of black.
2. The black upper breast of juveniles is well developed but not the back of the neck, face, throat and tail.
3. The red in the bill and wattle is orange in juveniles.
4. The red eye-ring is not yet appeared.
5. The legs in juveniles are paler.

Red-wattled Lapwing – juvenile.

“The adults were careful with my presence, that of nearby dogs and other adult Red-wattled Lapwings. When the dogs came near, the presumed adult male took off and approached them to do a broken wing display. Fortunately the dogs had other activities to occupy them. Other Red-wattled Lapwing were addressed with a physical threatening display and loud call.

Red-wattled Lapwing – juvenile.

“With me the presumed adult male set of a barrage of calls to alert and call the young closer. These calls were not addressed at me as much as to warn and ‘herd’ the young. The calls for this species requires more work and are not confined to the classical ‘did-he-do-it’. I have recently posted another type of call with a juvenile in ditch. On this occasion the presumed adult male used predominantly a recurrent single syllable call that sounded almost like a high frequency ‘tit’. It was used continually in runs of 12-15, or shorter bursts of 3-5 or even individually in a spaced out rate.

“Above is the warning call and below the sonogram/waveform.

“The juveniles were self-feeding but also dependent on adults for food.

Red-wattled Lapwing…

“Above shows the crest of the Red-wattled Lapwing and below the rear view of plumage”.

Red-wattled Lapwing – rear view of plumage.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
15th July 2018

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Ex-mining pools ‘wetlands’ near limestone hills

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YC Wee

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.

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