French: Vanneau pie German: Flusskiebitz Spanish: Avefría fluvial
NC India (from Himachal) and Nepal through EC & NE India to SC China (W Yunnan) and Indochina to N Malay Peninsula; status farther E unclear, but possibly extends to Hainan and to Hong Kong.
29·5–31·5 cm; 143–185 g. Black-faced lapwing with dark red eyes; crown and nape feathers can be raised to form a crest; black carpal spurs. Differs... read more
Noisy, especially during displays, in which long crest is raised to full extent, when gives four-... read more
Generally found near rivers, especially in cultivated land, and on sandbanks and shingle banks;... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, worms, crustaceans and molluscs; also claimed to take frogs and tadpoles. Typically observed alone or in pairs, but small... read more
Nesting Mar–Jun in Indian Subcontinent, with chicks observed as early as early Apr in Bhutan. Elaborate display by party of four... read more
Sedentary; some seasonal nomadic movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Total population probably very small, unlikely to number more than 25,000 birds, and possibly no more than 15,... read more
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