- Glareola pratincola
22–25 cm (8¾-9¼ in)
- Brown head, back and wings
- Buff chin and throat (bordered in summer by a thin black line)
- Dark wing tips with whitish trailing edges
- Chestnut underwings
- White belly and rump
- Short black-tipped red bill
- Short black legs
- Long forked tail
Juvenile: mottled above and lacks the black line.
Black-winged Pratincole is darker overall and lacks the light trailing edge on the wings; the underwing is black.
There are 3 subspecies1:
- G. p. pratincola:
- G. p. erlangeri:
- G. p. fuelleborni:
Near water. Open country; mud flats with low vegetation. Also canals, wet meadows and saltpans.
Rather tern-like when hawking for insects. Flight outline also recalls large hirundine.
The diet consist mostly of large insects, such as grasshoppers, beetles, locusts, termites and flies which are usually aerially hawked but they also feed on the ground.
Breeds colonially. Two to four eggs are laid in a ground scrape.
Call: hard kyik or kittik
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)
- Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds 1966
- Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
- Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
- 51st supplement to the AOU checklist of North American birds
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Collared Pratincole. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 5 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Collared_Pratincole
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