French: Glaréole orientale German: Orientbrachschwalbe Spanish: Canastera oriental
Glareola (Pratincola) Maldivarum
J. R. Forster
open sea in the latitude of the Maldive Islands
Extreme S Siberia, E Mongolia and NE China (Heilongjiang), S to N India, Sri Lanka, SE Asia and Taiwan; also locally in W Japan and Ryukyu Is; has bred in S Pakistan, N Philippines and Borneo. Winters from Maldives, India and SE Asia through Indonesia and New Guinea to Australia.
23–25 cm; 59–95 g; wingspan 58–64 cm. Above olive-brown, with white rump; throat ochre-yellow, edged with narrow black collar; upper breast brown, shading... read more
Generally considered to be much like that of G. pratincola: sharp “kyik”,... read more
In Asia inhabits steppes, open grassland, dry floodplains, tidal mudflats, rice stubble, ploughed... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and other terrestrial arthropods, especially grasshoppers, crickets and beetles; also, in non-breeding quarters, winged termites... read more
Lays Apr–Jun. Nests in loose colonies on open plains, often after recent grass fire; also on grassy islands in rivers with River... read more
NE populations are long-distance migrants S to winter Oct–Apr mainly in SE Asia, Indonesia... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Numbers in winter in Indian Subcontinent not accurately known, but estimated at 25,000–1,000,000 birds; in rest of winter... read more
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