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23β26 cm (9-10ΒΌ in)
Younger birds: the juvenile plumage is checkered in black and brownish, the throat is not distinct, and the bill is all black. The first moult should take place in early fall and be a nearly complete moult leading to first winter plumage, still with indistinct throat, black bill, but now with almost adult colors except for pale fringes on the feathers in fresh plumage.
The change to first summer plumage involves a partial moult that however can start as early as September in the same year that the bird is born, leading to an extreme variation of plumages that can be seen in say October: varying from almost identical with an adult to birds not having moulted more than half of their checkered juvenile plumage.
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Darker than Collared Pratincole and lacks the light trailing edge to the inner wings.
Open country near water. Breeds on marshes and wet meadows.
The clutch consists of 2-4 eggs which are laid on the ground.
The diet includes insects, either caught aerially or found on the ground.
Call: similar to, but lower-pitched than Collared Pratincole; kettek, pwik-kik-kik
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