Small Pratincole

Scientific Name: Glareola lactea
Malay Name: Kedidi-Padang Kecil
Chinese Name: 灰燕鸻

Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China, Myanmar and Indochina, wintering to Peninsula Malaysia and Singapore


Size: 16-19 cm

Similar looking species: Oriental Pratincole

Identification: Adult can be distinguished from Oriental Pratincole by smaller size, greyer upperparts, paler throat with no dark border and buffish grey breast. Juvenile resembles adult but throat bordered by brownish spots/streaks.

Habitat: Open country near water.


Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: The most recent sighting was a lone bird at Punggol Barat on 4 to 6 Dec 2012. Prior to this sighting, a single bird was seen at a landfill leachate pond at Serangoon Estuary on 7 January 1989.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
Lim Kim Seng (2009) The Avifauna of Singapore