Black-winged Pratincole

Glareola nordmanni

Armenian Name: Տափաստանային ծիծառակտցար
Species Status: Endangered Species - Species of Special Concern
Black-winged Pratincole

See Plate 24 for Black-winged Pratincole and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Rare
Length:25 cm, Wing Span:60-68 cm
Distribution Map: Map 150.
Description: Shows tail equal to or shorter than tip of folded wing.
Adult (Breeding): Dark brown with greenish tint above, mostly black bill with tiny patch of red at base. In flight, shows black underwing, dark trailing edge, white rump, and forked tail; black wing linings are often difficult to see.
Adult (Non-breeding): Broken throat line; breast mottled with gray-brown.
Juvenile: Streaked throat and breast.
Similar Species: Differs from Collared Pratincole by lack of contrast between upperwing coverts and blackish flight feathers, black underwing, and tail equal to or shorter than tip of folded wing.
Behavior: Gathers in flocks to feed on insect swarms.
Habitat: Sandy-clay semidesert, wet meadows; mountain steppe wetlands overgrown with saltwort.
Food: Invertebrates.
Nest: Shallow ground scrape with or without lining.
Eggs: 32 mm, 3, grayish-yellow, dark brown and purple spots.