French: Glaréole lactée German: Sandbrachschwalbe Spanish: Canastera chica
Other common names:
E Afghanistan and Pakistan, through India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to S China (S Yunnan), and thence S & SE through Myanmar to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Scarce non-breeding visitor in Arabian Gulf and Oman.
c. 15·5–19 cm; 37–44 g; wingspan 42–48 cm. Above pale sandy grey; forehead brownish; lores black; rump and base of tail white, with black subterminal... read more
Gives a raspy, strongly downslurred, short “chirrrt”, given at a rate of 1–2 notes/1–2 seconds, as... read more
Large rivers and streams with exposed sandbars, rocky islands and shingle banks, up to c. 1800 m in... read more
Food and feeding
Beetles, bugs, termites, flies and other insects, including dipterans, coleopterans and hemipterans. Crepuscular; forages in large flocks... read more
Lays Feb–Apr in India and Sri Lanka; from Mar in Pakistan; Apr–May in Laos (with copulation observed Dec and fledged young Jul... read more
Locally migratory, depending on water levels of rivers, but present in many breeding areas only Apr... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population estimated to be in range 10,000–100,000 birds. Species seems able to survive adequately in large numbers... read more
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