Pratincoles or Greywaders

The Pratincoles or Greywaders are found in the warmer parts of the Old World - from southern Europe and Africa east through Asia to Australia. Those breeding in temperate regions are long distance migrants.

Greywaders have short legs, very long pointed wings and long forked tails.

Even though they are classed as waders (shorebirds), they often hunt insect prey in flight.on the wing, like swallows, however, they also feed on the ground. Their short bills are adapted for aerial feeding.

Their flight is fast, with many twists and turns to pursue their prey. They are most active at dawn and dusk, and the warmest part of the day, they typically spend roosting.

The average clutch consists of two to four eggs that are typically laid on the ground in a bare scrape.


Recognized Species

  • Genus Stiltia
    • Australian Pratincole Stiltia isabella
  • Genus Glareola
    • Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola
    • Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum
    • Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni
    • Madagascar Pratincole Glareola ocularis
    • Rock Pratincole Glareola nuchalis
    • Grey Pratincole Glareola cinerea
    • Small Pratincole Glareola lactea


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