Vol. 1, Issue 6 (2016)
Characters of nesting site, ground nest and eggs of Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malabaricus (Aves: Charadridae)
Author(s): Shivaji Chavan, Rajesh Achegawe, Sharda Padghane
Abstract: Yellow-wattled lapwing Vanellus malabaricus is one of the rare lapwing species distributed in India. The ground nest is a saucer shaped. In the outskirts of Nanded City 02 Nest/15 km2, 03 eggs/nest and 01 nest/nesting site were found. Each nest was made from central excavated cup, outer shallow slope and outer rim of soil with gravels and dried pieces of cow dung, straws, plant branches and grass. Nest microstructure was explained first time. The nest and eggs ware perfectly camouflaged with soil texture and colour. It is first report of nest microstructure of Vanellus malabaricus. Stray dogs, grazing cattle and human being were common agents identified to destruct the nests and eggs. It is need to categorize this lapwing in to Near Threaten (NT) instead of current status as Least concern (LC).