French: Glaréole auréolée German: Halsband-Brachschwalbe Spanish: Canastera sombría
G. R. Gray
Fifth Cataract of the Nile near Berber, Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
G. n. liberiae
Schlegel, 1881 – Rufous-collared Pratincole – Sierra Leone to W Cameroon.
G. n. nuchalis
G. R. Gray, 1849 – White-collared Pratincole – L Chad, E Sudan to W Ethiopia, C Cameroon E to Uganda and extreme W Kenya, and S to SC Tanzania, Angola and R Zambezi in Zambia, NE Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
18–19 cm; 43–82·5 g. Above dark brownish grey; white lines from behind each eye join to form white collar across nape; rump and base of tail white; below... read more
Alarm call is a faint “kip-kip-kip”; both sexes during breeding season give a long series of short... read more
Exposed rocks in larger rivers and streams, especially for breeding; may rest on sandbars; when... read more
Food and feeding
Flies, including tsetse flies (Glossina), ants, beetles and other insects. Strongly gregarious; forages mainly on the wing at dawn... read more
Season Feb–Apr in Sierra Leone, Dec–Mar in Ghana, Apr–Jun in Nigeria at low water, Jul–Oct in DRCongo, all months... read more
May be resident, or largely so, at nesting sites in Nigeria, Cameroon, DRCongo, Uganda and W Kenya... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Nominate nuchalis quite common on suitable rivers where exposed rocks available and overall population perhaps at least c.... read more
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