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Black-winged pratincole

Black-winged pratincole
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Glareolidae
Genus: Glareola
Species: G. nordmanni
Binomial name
Glareola nordmanni
Fischer von Waldheim, 1842
Illustration by Johann Friedrich Naumann

The black-winged pratincole (Glareola nordmanni) is a wader in the pratincole bird family, Glareolidae.

The most unusual feature of the pratincoles is that, although classed as waders, they typically hunt their insect prey on the wing like swallows, although they can also feed on the ground.

The black-winged pratincole is a bird of open country and is often seen near water in the evening, hawking for insects. This pratincole is found in warmer parts of south east Europe and south west Asia. Its 2–4 eggs are laid on the ground. It is migratory, wintering in tropical Africa, and is rare north or west of the breeding range.

It is 24–28 cm (9.4–11.0 in) long, with short legs, long pointed wings and a forked tail. It has a short bill, which is an adaptation to aerial feeding. The back and head are brown, and the wings are brown with black flight feathers. The belly is white and the underwings are black.

Very good views are needed to distinguish this species from other pratincoles, such as the collared pratincole and the oriental pratincole which may occur in its range. It is marginally larger than the collared pratincole, and is shorter-tailed and longer legged.

Although the dark underwing and lack of a white trailing edge to the wing are diagnostic, these features are not always readily seen in the field, especially as the chestnut underwing of the collared pratincole appears black unless excellent views are obtained.

The scientific name of this bird commemorates the Finnish-born zoologist Alexander von Nordmann.

The black-winged pratincole is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Eggs, Collection Museum Wiesbaden, Germany


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External links

  • Glareola nordmanni in the Flickr: Field Guide Birds of the World
  • Glareola nordmanni photos and records at Shumkar (in Russian)
  • Black-winged pratincole species text in The Atlas of Southern African Birds
  • Glareola nordmanniBirdLife species factsheet for
  • Glareola nordmanni on Avibase
  • Black-winged pratincole videos, photos, and sounds at the Internet Bird Collection
  • Black-winged pratincole photo gallery at VIREO (Drexel University)
  • Glareola nordmanniInteractive range map of at IUCN Red List maps
  • Audio recordings of Black-winged pratincole on Xeno-canto.
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