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small prantincole

(Glareola lactea)


This species is only 16.5-18.5 cm in length, with a 15–16 cm wingspan. Because of its small size, the Little Pratincoles can be briefly confused in flight with swifts or swallows. This bird has short legs, long pointed wings and a short tail. Its short bill is an adaptation to aerial feeding. On the ground, it looks mainly pale grey (hence lactea, milky). The crown of the head is brown.


The Small Pratincole is a resident breeder in India, Western Pakistan and southeast Asia. It breeds from December to March on gravel or sand banks in rivers, laying 2-4 eggs in a ground scrape. Breeding areas include small areas in northern Karnataka (along the Hemavathi river) and northern Kerala near Kannur.


It is a very swift is also a bold bird. In kabini it is not scared of any bird including the raptors.

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1 Comment

Arun 8 years ago

Awesome .. cool spotting !!!

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Karnataka, India

Spotted on May 4, 2010
Submitted on Aug 14, 2012

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