Collared Pratincole

Scientific Name:
Glareola pratincola
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Collared Pratincole

The Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola) is a migratory bird species found in Europe, Asia, and Africa, primarily during the breeding season.


Collared Pratincoles are typically found in a variety of open habitats, including grasslands, savannas, wetlands, and agricultural areas. They prefer areas with short grass or bare ground, where they can forage for insects and other small prey. These pratincoles are often seen near water bodies such as rivers, lakes, ponds, and marshes, where they may breed and forage for food.


Collared Pratincoles are medium-sized birds, measuring approximately 23 to 25 centimeters (9 to 10 inches) in length. They have a slender build with long, pointed wings, a short tail, and a distinctive black collar or "collar" across the upper breast, which gives them their name. Their plumage is predominantly brown or grayish-brown, with subtle streaking on the underparts and wings. Best Viewing The best places to view Collared Pratincoles depend on the season. During the breeding season, they can be found in open grasslands, wetlands, and agricultural areas within their breeding range. Look for them flying low over open fields or perched on the ground near water bodies. During migration, Collared Pratincoles can be seen in a variety of habitats, including coastal areas, river valleys, and inland wetlands, as they travel between their breeding and wintering grounds.