Oriental Pratincole

Glareola maldivarum (JR Forster, 1795) GM 4660
Family: Charadriiformes > Glareolidae

An almost swallow-like shorebird of open habitats, Oriental Pratincole is an extremely rare visitor from eastern Asia.

Known as the Rainbird in north-west Australia, flocks of millions can appear, often presaging rain. Until very recently these gatherings were known only to the indigenous population.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
180 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
180 records


180 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
180 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Oriental Pratincole breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Oriental Pratincole, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: perdiu de mar oriental
Czech: ouhorlík indomalajský
Danish: Orient-braksvale
Dutch: Oosterse Vorkstaartplevier
Estonian: ida-pääsujooksur
Finnish: aasianpääskykahlaaja
French: Glaréole orientale
German: Orientbrachschwalbe
Hungarian: keleti székicsér
Icelandic: Svölutrítill
Italian: Pernice di mare dal collare
Latvian: austrumu bezdeligtartinš
Lithuanian: rytine kregždune
Norwegian: Orientbrakksvale
Polish: zwirowiec orientalny
Portuguese: perdiz-do-mar-oriental
Slovak: prieložník olivový
Slovenian: orientalska komatna tekica
Spanish: Canastera oriental
Swedish: orientvadarsvala
Folkname: Rainbird

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