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Id Help - Bhigvan, Near Pune, Maharashtra, India (juveniles) - 3 (1 Viewer)


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Request id help for these birds photographed in June.


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Grahame Walbridge

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3rd looks like it may be a pratincole chick. Maybe Oriental Pratincole?
Agree 1,2,5 are Red-wattled Lapwing.
4 looks like a Charadrius, probably another Little Ringed Plover
Oriental Pratincole doesn't breed in the subcontinent John. Only resident Glareola is Small and I don't think its fits File:(3 5) A Small Pratincole chick hiding with its eyes closed. (49893978768).jpg - Wikimedia Commons-not sure what is other than agree it's not another Red-wattled Lapwing.


Grahame Walbridge

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Apologies to John, yes of course it does! According to Rasmussen, as well as Gujarat also in Indian Punjab, Haryana, NE Maharastra, NW Andhra, S & W Bengal, Kerala, Sri Lanka (dry zone) and the Maldives though, presumably not regularly in all these areas when one looks as the distribution map.

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Oriental Pratincole has been satellite tracked from Australian wintering grounds to breeding sites in India (Karnataka). As far as I know, this is the only species currently confirmed to carry out such a migration.

I admit that, being aware of this satellite tracking data, I didn't check the status of the different pratincole species and assumed Oriental was more common/widespread than seems to be the case.
I hadn't checked many photos of pratincole chicks for comparison so wasn't confident which species it was (hence the qualified 'maybe' and question mark). Nevertheless, the chick in question does look very similar to the Oriental linked by Vyomkesh.

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