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(Redirected from Glareola maldivarum)
Breeding Plumage
Photo © by cskhaw
Ptg. pauh, Penang, Malaysia
Glareola maldivarum


23-27cm (9-10½ in)

  • Olive-brown back and head
  • White rump
  • Ochre throat
  • Narrow black collar
  • White belly
Breeding Plumage
Photo © by Romy Ocon
Candaba wetlands, Pampanga province, Philippines, March 2005
  • Wings:
    • long and pointed
    • brown above
    • chestnut underwing
    • black flight feathers
  • Long legs,
  • Short bill
  • Long forked tail

Similar Species

Black-winged Pratincole and Collared Pratincole


Breeds eastern Asia and parts of India ( Haryana ); winters India to Southeast Asia, Philippines and Australasia.
Accidental vagrant to Alaska (2 records) and Europe.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Photo © by Alok Tewari
Nazafgarh wetlands, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, August-2016

Drier open areas, dry ricefields, pastures and plowed fields. Also wetland marshes, scrub and coasts



It has a tern like flight with long, pointed wings.


Their diet consists mostly of insects, such as grasshoppers, crickets and beetles; in addition they hawk for flying termites. During the breeding season they will also find lizards and snakes.


The clutch consists of 2-3 eggs which are laid on the ground from April to June . They are colonial nesters on open plains and on grassy islands with River Terns.


Recording by Alok Tewari
Nazafgarh Wetlands, Delhi-Haryana Border, India, June-2015
Call given by one individual displaying on ground, while other was encircling above.

Non-breeding Plumage
Photo © by Romy Ocon
Candaba wetlands, Pampanga province, Philippines, August 2008


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  4. BF Member observations

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