The Oriental Pratincole have short legs, long pointed wings and long forked tails. They have short bills, 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. The underwings are chestnut.
Habitat and Distribution
These are birds of open country, and are often seen near water in the evening, hawking for insects. These pratincoles are found in warmer parts of south and east Asia, breeding from Northern Pakistan and the Kashmir region across into China and south west. They are migratory, wintering in both India and Pakistan, Indonesia and Australia.
Oriental Pratincoles typically hunt their insect prey on the wing like swallows, although they can also feed on the ground.
These birds lay 2-3 eggs on the ground.
Calls and Songs