Small Pratincole

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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

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.

Similar looking species: Oriental Pratincole

Habitat: Open country near water.


Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past accepted records in our database:

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

BirdLife International. (2016). Glareola lactea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.