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Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius   - Habitat
Sociable Lapwing
Photographer : © Jugal Tiwari
Location :Banni Area, Kutch, Gujarat, India
Date : January 2010
English synonyms:Sociable Plover
Bird Family :Charadriinae - Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings
Red Data Status :Critically Endangered
Remarks :Night roost habitat.

Sociable plovers - Notes from the field - Banni and Great Rann Jan 2010
They feed in open grassland with Cressa cretica dominated short halophyte vegetation. Roosting is on the ground. They may venture for feeding in Suaeda fruticosa bushes or scanty Prosopis juliflora areas with Suaeda and Cressa growing nearby. Night roost is in open areas of Banni and the Great Rann, similar to that of roosting grounds of Greater Short-toed Larks Calandrella brachydactyla. Feeding in the evening just before sunset (1830 hrs) was observed at its maximum when the flock of over 30 Sociable Plovers were seen actively chasing insects in the Suaeda, Cressa, Prosopis mixed area of Banni on the edge of the Great Rann of Kutch.
First seen 16 th Dec 2010
Last seen 15 th Feb 2010 - JT