Pratincole, Collared


Name: Pratincole, Collared

Scientific name: Glareola pratincola

Type: Pratincole

Color: Brown,White

Habitat: Desert,Fields

Size: 25cm

Conservation status:

Passage Migrant


Distinctive, highly aerial wader, resembling terns in graceful fast flight, long pointed wings, deeply forked tail and short bill. Usually in loose flocks chasing winged insects. On ground, plover-like with quick tripping actions on rather short legs, often with upright stance, head held high. Adult has creamy buff throat bordered black; tail and wing-tips are equal; in flight, uniform dark olive-brown above (slightly darker flight-feathers) with narrow, but distinctly while trailing edge to secondaries, contrastingly, white rump and belly; underwing-coverts reddish brown, but often look shadowy black. Black-winged Pratincole (which see) has generally darker upperparts. lacks white trailing edge to wings, and has black underwing-coverts. Adult non-breeding and juvenile lack distinct black throat line, and juvenile brown feathers have pale tips and fringes; outer tail-feathers are shorter than in adult.

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