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Oriental Pratincole

Glareola maldivarum


The Oriental Pratincole is a wader and their most unusual feature is that although classed as waders they typically hunt their insect prey on the wing like swallows, although they can also feed on the ground. These birds have short legs, long pointed wings and long forked tails. They have short bills, which is an adaptation to aerial feeding. The back and head are brown, and the wings are brown with black flight feathers. The belly is white. The underwings are chestnut.


Seen at a marshland.


These are birds of open country, and are often seen near water in the evening, hawking for insects.

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Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Sachin!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Lovely bird,

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks. Hope we see them on our next trip :-)

Atul 8 years ago

wow , am yet to see this one !

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Wild Things

Gujarat, India

Spotted on Jul 9, 2012
Submitted on Jul 15, 2012

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