May 20, 2015 – Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

These shorebirds breed in parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia and winter in southern Africa and India. They catch insects by flying through swarms, particularly at dawn and dusk. Fast runners, they can also often capture their invertebrate prey on foot. Nesting communally on the ground in a small depression, they choose a site away from predators, such as a small island or mudflat. While nesting, pratincoles may perform a broken-wing display to distract predators away from the nest.