Oriental Pratincole

Oriental Pratincole
English Common Name
Oriental Pratincole
Scientific name
Glareola maldivarum
Order: Charadriiformes, Family: Glareolidae
About 26 cm
Species Distribution
Southeast Asia, India, China, Hainan Island, Taiwan, Philippines, New Guinea, and Australia
Okinawa Red List of Threatened Species: Vulnerable
Japan Red List of Threatened Species: Vulnerable
Although it is not a swallow, it is given “Tsubame” as its Japanese common name because its tail splits in two and it catches insects in the air much like a swallow. The number is small, but some come to Okinawa Prefecture as migratory or summer birds to breed.

Updated June 2018

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