Friday, 6 June 2008
Special Birds: Collared Pratincole
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola is very much a bird of southern Europe. A migrant, it arrives in May to breed on wetlands, steppe and even in farmland in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, etc. Most leave the region by August. It is a very distinctive species, looking like a tern when in flight, but more like a shorebird when on the ground. Pratincoles are gregarious with pairs breeding in colonies and hawking together for insects. Occasionally the very similar Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni (which has a more easterly distribution) is found with Collareds and inter-breeding seems to occur.