French: Glaréole à collier German: Rotflügel-Brachschwalbe Spanish: Canastera común
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Subspecies and Distribution
G. p. pratincola
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S Europe and N Africa to Kazakhstan and Pakistan; winters in sub-Saharan Africa N of 5° N.
G. p. fuelleborni
Neumann, 1910 – sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal E to Ethiopia (Rift Valley) and S to DRCongo, Namibia, N Botswana, S Mozambique and E South Africa.
G. p. erlangeri
Neumann, 1920 – coastal plains of S Somalia and N Kenya.
22–25 cm; 60–98 g; wingspan 60–70 cm. Above brown, tinged olive, with white rump; long wingtips and deeply forked tail black; throat ochre-yellow, bordered... read more
Mainly vocalizes in flight. Shrill, staccato and trilled calls, including a sharp, tern-like “... read more
Flat and open areas, fields, steppe plains in Eurasia, usually near water; in Africa open ground,... read more
Food and feeding
Locusts and grasshoppers, beetles, termites, flies and other, mainly large, insects; also some spiders and molluscs. Research in S Spain... read more
Lays May–Aug in Europe; May–Jun in Jordan; Apr–Jul Pakistan; in Africa, Mar–May in Sierra Leone, Mar–Jun in... read more
Nominate race migrates after breeding to savannas of Sahel, where probably overlaps with birds of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Overall decline in range and numbers in Europe. Total of 6700–22,000 pairs breeding in Europe: largest populations are 250... read more
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