Scientific Name:

Vanellus indicus


Red-wattled Lapwing


Red-wattled Lapwing Fact File

Distribution: Widespread in Asia

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Subspecies: Four

V. i. aigneri – south-eastern Turkey to Pakistan

V. i. indicus – central Pakistan to Nepal; north-eastern India; and Bangladesh

V. i. lankae – Sri Lanka

V. i. atronuchalis – north-eastern India to southern China; south-eastern Asia; Malay Peninsular; and northern Sumatra

Further Reading: The World’s Wattled Waders

Current conservation efforts





All photographs by Elis Simpson – Wader Quest