Collared Pratincole

Glareola pratincola

(G. p. pratincola)

Armenian Name: Մարգագետնային ծիծառակտցար
Species Status: Threatened Species - Species of Special Concern
Collared Pratincole

See Plate 24 for Collared Pratincole and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Common
Length:25 cm, Wing Span:60-65 cm
Distribution Map: Map 149.
Description: Small bill, long wings, and forked tail that equals or exceeds tip of folded wing. Brown-red underwing coverts are best field mark for identification, but difficult to see. White trailing edge to wing.
Adult (Breeding): Gray-brown above; chin and throat pale, outlined in black. Bill is black with extensive red at base.
Adult (Non-breeding): Throat line broken into streaks.
Juvenile: Streaked throat and breast.
Similar Species: Differs from Black-winged Pratincole by upperwing contrast, white trailing edge to wing, more red on bill, longer tail equals or exceeds tip of folded wing.
Behavior: Catches insects with agile swallow-like flight; seldom enters even shallow water.
Habitat: Near water in sandy-clay semidesert or mountain steppe.
Food: Invertebrates.
Nest: Cup on ground with little or no lining.
Eggs: 32 mm, 2-4, yellow-white, black-brown and purple blotches.