- Glareola maldivarum
23-27cm (9-10½ in)
- Olive-brown back and head
- White rump
- Ochre throat
- Narrow black collar
- White belly
- long and pointed
- brown above
- chestnut underwing
- black flight feathers
- Long legs,
- Short bill
- Long forked tail
Drier open areas, dry ricefields, pastures and plowed fields. Also wetland marshes, scrub and coasts
It has a tern like flight with long, pointed wings.
Their diet consists mostly of insects, such as grasshoppers, crickets and beetles; in addition they hawk for flying termites. During the breeding season they will also find lizards and snakes.
The clutch consists of 2-3 eggs which are laid on the ground from April to June . They are colonial nesters on open plains and on grassy islands with River Terns.
- 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 June 2015)
- Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Oriental Pratincole. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 4 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Oriental_Pratincole
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