Glareola cinerea Fraser, 1843, mouth of River Niger, Nigeria. Monotypic.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Cream-colored pratincole; French: Glarйole grise; German: Graubrachschwalbe; Spanish: Canastera Gris.
7.1–7.9 in (18–20 cm). Small and pale overall; above pale gray with rufous hindneck; below white, washed ochre across breast. Legs and base of bill red.
Tropical West Africa from Mali to Congo (Zaire).
Large rivers with exposed sand banks; in flood season also coastal habitats, including mangrove swamps.
Usually gregarious at all times. Forages on the wing and rests on sand banks.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Catches flying insects on the wing and also chases insects and spiders by running on ground.
Nests colonially on sand banks, laying one or two eggs in an unlined scrape not far from water. Breeding biology poorly known.
While still locally abundant, some breeding sites have been eliminated by damming, such as Lake Volta in Ghana. Also subject to human disturbance, but not under immediate threat.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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