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Small Pratincole, Little Pratincole, Small Indian Pratincole, पानीगौथली, Glareola lactea

The Small Pratincole, Little Pratincole, or Small Indian Pratincole (Glareola lactea), is a small wader in the pratincole family, Glareolidae.

Distribution
The small pratincole is a resident breeder in India, Western Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. It breeds from December to March on gravel or sand banks near rivers and lakes, 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.

Small Pratincole, Little Pratincole, Small Indian Pratincole, पानीगौथली, Glareola lactea

Small Pratincole, Little Pratincole, Small Indian Pratincole, पानीगौथली, Glareola lactea
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Description
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 wings are grey above with black primaries and black and white bars at the rear edge of the inner flight feathers. The underwings are mainly black. The tail is white with a black terminal triangle. The belly is white.

This species is only 16.5-18.5 cm in length, with a 42–48 cm wingspan. Because of its small size, the small pratincole can be briefly confused in flight with swifts or swallows.

Listen to the Small Pratincole
Own recording from Chitwan National Park - April 2018

Ecology
The most unusual feature of the pratincoles 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.

The Small Pratincole is a species of open country, and is often seen near water in the evening, hawking for insects.

Conservation status
Small Pratincole, Little Pratincole, Small Indian Pratincole, पानीगौथली, Glareola lactea
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2.
International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 29 March 2018
Location: Karnali River


Small Pratincole, Little Pratincole, Small Indian Pratincole, पानीगौथली, Glareola lactea
Small Pratincole - 29 March 2018 - Karnali River

Small Pratincole, Little Pratincole, Small Indian Pratincole, पानीगौथली, Glareola lactea
Small Pratincole - 1 April 2018 - Chitwan National Park

Small Pratincole, Little Pratincole, Small Indian Pratincole, पानीगौथली, Glareola lactea
Small Pratincole - 1 April 2018 - Chitwan National Park

Small Pratincole, Little Pratincole, Small Indian Pratincole, पानीगौथली, Glareola lactea
Small Pratincole - 1 April 2018 - Chitwan National Park

Small Pratincole, Little Pratincole, Small Indian Pratincole, पानीगौथली, Glareola lactea
Small Pratincole - 3 April 2018 - Gandaki River

Small Pratincole, Little Pratincole, Small Indian Pratincole, पानीगौथली, Glareola lactea
Small Pratincole - 3 April 2018 - Gandaki River



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