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Grey Pratincole - BirdForum Opus

Photo by AdamRiley
Loango National Park, Gabon, February 2009
Glareola cinerea


18–20 cm

  • Light grey upperparts
  • Pale chestnut nape
  • White rump
  • Black eyestripe (curves down behind the eye)
  • White supercilium
  • Black tail


Western Africa: found in rivers of Mali to Cameroon, western Zaire and northwestern Angola.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Usually found on sandbars of large rivers, but also sandy patches in savanna and even airstrips.



They usually forage in groups; catching insects on the wing, over water. Their diet consists mostly of insects such as small grasshoppers, flies, beetles and spiders.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2015)

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