Journal of Applied and Natural Science 4(1):75-78(2012)
Spectrum of threats to nests of Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malabaricus in Kurukshetra outskirts-a case study
Rohtash Chand Gupta# and Tirshem Kumar Kaushik*
Department of Zoology, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra (Haryana), INDIA #Senior Visiting Faculty, Institute of Environment Studies, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra-136119 (Haryana), INDIA *Corresponding author. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract : It is one thing that Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus is, rather a common bird on the outskirts of wheat harvested fields in outskirts of Kurukshetra, yet, Yellow-wattled Lapwing V. malabaricus (Boddaert, 1783) is an uncommon bird and seen rarely and that too with efforts and serious search. On the top of this, the bird is confronting most difficult conditions for its even rare existence. It is characterized by the presence of bright Yellow fleshy lappets above and in front of eyes. Black wings show off a white bar in flight. It has a little shorter stature compared with that of Red-wattled Lapwing. Yellow-wattled Lapwing is available in only very specific spots like Sushant City, Harman City and Sector-8 in isolated conditions as single, double or 6-8 in Kurukshetra environs. Only one nest of Yellow-wattled Lapwing was observed on 28 April, 2011 in Sushant City in Kurukshetra. The nest was stuffed with straws and not by Pebbles. The clutch size was 4. It is pertinent to mention that all the four eggs hatched successfully on 24-25 May, 2011. Present observations suggest its’ alarming destruction in the last 5-8 years (2003-11). Now it has been pushed in a very delicate position wherefrom its extinction in a silent manner is sure, sooner than latter.
Keywords : Egg destruction, Habitat encroachment, Kurukshetra, Threats, Yellow-wattled Lapwing