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The red-wattled lapwing (Vanellus indicus) courtship involves the male puffing its feathers and pointing its beak upwards. The male then shuffles around the female. The bird has a red fleshy wattle in front of each eye, a black-tipped red bill, and the long legs are yellow. The members of this family hunt insects, worms and other invertebrates by sight rather than by feel so they have relatively short bills and large, dark eyes. The red wattled lapwing is sometimes considered to be an annoyance by local hunters since they are very alert and make for loud sentries, warning nearby wildlife to the presence of humans and other predators. It is declining in its western range, but is abundant in much of South Asia, being seen at almost any wetland habitat in its range.
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