French: Bec-en-ciseaux à collier German: Indischer Scherenschnabel Spanish: Rayador indio
Rhynchops [sic] albicollis
E Pakistan (R Indus) through N & EC India to W Myanmar (R Irrawaddy). Winter visitor to NW Indian peninsula and coastal Bangladesh. Status in S Nepal, W Assam, inland Bangladesh and Cambodia (R Mekong) uncertain. Formerly recorded in S Laos and Vietnam.
38–43 cm; wingspan 102–114 cm; culmen 58–75 mm. Unmistakable within range; generally black above and white below, with broad white forehead and broad white... read more
A nasal “kyap, kyap” given by adults, likened to the bark of a small dog, while chicks... read more
Largely restricted to major rivers, particularly along calm stretches with sandbars; rare or... read more
Food and feeding
Fish, insect larvae and shrimps, often taken in very shallow water (just 3–4 cm deep). In one Indian study diet was dominated by the... read more
Generally mid Feb to Jun, with local variations dictated by water levels and colonies laying relatively synchronously, e.g. within two-week... read more
Moves upriver during season of low water, and down during period of floods. Occasionally visits... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Total population estimated at c. 6000–10,000 birds, or 4000–6700 mature individuals, and considered to be probably declining, but status very poorly... read more
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