from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several shorebirds of the genera Glareola and Stiltia of the Eastern Hemisphere, having long pointed wings, a forked tail, and a short tapered bill.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A glareole, as Glareola pratincola; any bird of the family Glareolidæ. See cut under Glareola.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any bird of the Old World genus Glareola, or family Glareolidæ, allied to the plovers. They have long, pointed wings and a forked tail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several species of birds in the genera Glareola or Stiltia of the family Glareolidae.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun Old World shorebird with long pointed wings and short legs; closely related to the coursers


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin prātincola : Latin prātum, meadow + Latin incola, inhabitant; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]


  • Found above the falls are whitebacked night heron Gorsachius leuconotus, African finfoot Podica senegalensis and rock pratincole Glareola nuchalis.

    Mosi-oa-Tunya Victoria Falls, Zambia

  • Birdlife on the river and in the bush is prolific with over 380 species recorded including Nyasa lovebird Agapornis lilianae, yellow-spotted nicator Nicator chloris, rock pratincole Glareola nuchalis, banded snake-eagle Circaetus cinerascens, and Livingstone's flycatcher Erythrocercus livingstonei.

    Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas, Zimbabwe

  • Other birds include Egyptian vulture, Neophron percnopterus, Bonelli's eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus, booted eagle H. pennatus, marsh harrier Circus aeruginosus, lanner falcon Falco biarmicus, peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus (threatened), collared pratincole Glareola pratincola and Moussier's redstart Phoenicurus moussieri.

    Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia

  • The Park is an important breeding area for the pinkbacked pelican Pelecanus rufescens, white pelican P. onocrotalus, African fish-eagle Haliaeetus vocifer, Caspian tern Hydroprogne caspia, goliath heron Ardea goliath, rufous-bellied heron Butorides rufiventris, yellowbilled stork Mycteria ibis, pygmy goose Nettapus auritus, collared pratincole Glareola pratincola and greyrumped swallow Pseudohirondo griseopyga.

    Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, South Africa

  • Lake systems across the ecoregion are regarded as significant refugia by Morton et al. The wetland edges and grasslands of this ecoregion provide critically significant habitats for many migratory shorebirds, most notably the little curlew (Numenius minutus) and oriental pratincole (Glareola maldivarum), for which a large proportion of the total world population aggregates during the non-breeding season.

    Mitchell grass downs

  • The Kizilirmak Delta hosts breeding populations of Pelecanus crispus, purple heron (Ardea purpurea), Ciconia nigra, spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), gadwall (Anas strepera), Netta rufina, Aythya nyroca, crane (Grus grus), stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), collared pratincole (Glareola pratincola) and a high number of wintering waterfowls.

    Euxine-Colchic deciduous forests

  • These include common waterbirds such as bitterns (cinnamon bittern [Ixobrychus cinnamomeus]), herons and egrets (Indian pond-heron [Ardeola grayii], Pacific reef-egret [Egretta sacra]), storks (woolly-necked stork [Ciconia episcopus]), ibis (black-headed ibis [Threskiornis melanocephalus]), ducks (spot-billed duck [Anas poecilorhyncha]), jacanas (pheasant-tailed jacana [Hydrophasianus chirurgus]), pratinoles (oriental pratincole [Glareola maldivarum]), and terns (black-bellied tern [Sterna acuticauda]).

    Irrawaddy freshwater swamp forests


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