French: Glaréole à ailes noires German: Schwarzflügel-Brachschwalbe Spanish: Canastera alinegra
J. G. Fischer von Waldheim
steppes of southern Russia
SE Europe through Ukraine to SW Russia and N Kazakhstan, sporadically in Belarus, Hungary and Azerbaijan. Winters in S Africa and, more irregularly, in W Africa.
23–26 cm; 84–105 g; wingspan 60–68 cm. Above brown with olive tinge, and white rump; flight feathers and deeply forked tail black; throat ochre-yellow with... read more
Surprisingly poorly known. In flight (including on migration), gives a squeaky “keye-kiche” or “ti-... read more
In Eurasian breeding areas inhabits saline and alkaline steppes, grassland, ploughed and arable... read more
Food and feeding
Locusts, grasshoppers, crickets and beetles, also flying ants, termites, wasps, bees, dragonflies, flies and other insects. Forages mainly... read more
Lays May–Jul in Black Sea region. Nests in loose colonies of < 10 to 100s of pairs on open ground, usually near water, often with... read more
Long-distance migrant from Eurasia to W & S Africa, chiefly South Africa, Namibia and Botswana... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Has declined markedly (see below) and now requires close monitoring. Total world population estimated at just... read more
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