Small Pratincole

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

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

Taxonomy:
Monotypic.

Size: 16-19 cm

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.

Similar looking species: Oriental Pratincole

Habitat: Open country near water.

Behaviour/Ecology:

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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.

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

References:
BirdLife International. (2016). Glareola lactea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.