February 24, 2017 – Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella)

These pratincoles are found in drier regions of northern and eastern Australia, as well as in New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Timor-Leste. They eat mostly invertebrates, including insects, spiders, and centipedes, foraging while running along the ground or catching prey in flight. Females lay their eggs on the ground, sometimes creating a small scrape and lining it with pebbles, dry vegetation, or other materials. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks, performing broken-wing displays to distract predators.

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