French: Grand Oedicnème German: Krabbentriel Spanish: Alcaraván piquigrueso indio
Other common names:
SE Iran and from Pakistan through Indian Subcontinent (including Sri Lanka) to Indochina and Hainan (S China); perhaps also SW Afghanistan (confirmation needed).
41·5–54 cm; c. 790 g; wingspan 90–100 cm. Large, massive thick-knee with proportions somewhat recalling bustard; unstreaked greyish upperparts; face... read more
Gives somewhat wailing and accelerating series of whistles in territorial defence and display,... read more
Riverbed shingle and rocks, stony banks and mud (in preference to sand) around large lakes;... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mainly on crabs (e.g. Grapsus sp.) and other crustaceans; also insects, and record of eggs of Kentish Plover (Charadrius... read more
Laying Feb–Jul in India, late Mar–Jun in Pakistan, mainly Apr–Jul in Sri Lanka; elsewhere, Mar in Bangladesh and early... read more
Sedentary, apart from local movements forced by rising water levels in rivers and lakes, and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, mainly owing to precipitous declines in SE Asia. Apparently still locally common, forming small parties after... read more
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