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Australian Pratincole

(Stiltia isabella)
Alternate name(s): "Australian Courser", "Swallow-plover", "Arnhemland Grouse", "Nankeen Plover", "Roadrunner", "Rainbird*"
Size: 22-24 cm; wing span 50-60 cm
Weight: 55-75 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Australian Pratincole at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Near-frontal view of an Australian Pratincole in its typical stance, with the tail high up
[Goran Lake, NSW, December 2012]

Near-frontal view of an Australian Pratincole (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Dajarra, QLD, November 2012]

Near-lateral view of an Australian Pratincole (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Near Moree, NSW, December 2013]

Near-lateral view of an Australian Pratincole (photo courtesy of C. Charles)
[Astrebla Downs NP, QLD, August 2013]

Lateral view of an Australian Pratincole
[Sturt NP, NSW, September 2012]

Australian Pratincole, here in a more hunched posture
[Sturt NP, NSW, September 2012]

Near-dorsal view of an Australian Pratincole
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

Dorsal view of an Australian Pratincole; this is one of the 4 birds whose calls were recorded on 19 December 2015
[Near Burren Junction, NSW, December 2015]

Frontal view of an Australian Pratincole in flight
[Goran Lake, NSW, December 2012]

Near-frontal view of an Australian Pratincole in flight (photo courtesy of R. Druce)
[Goran Lake, NSW, December 2012]

Lateral view of an Australian Pratincole in flight
[Goran Lake, NSW, December 2012]

Lateral view of an Australian Pratincole in flight
[Goran Lake, NSW, December 2012]

Near-dorsal view of an Australian Pratincole in flight
[Goran Lake, NSW, December 2012]

Dorsal view of an Australian Pratincole in flight (photo courtesy of R. Druce)
[Goran Lake, NSW, December 2012]

View onto the back of an Australian Pratincole in flight, showing the white rump and black tail feathers (photo courtesy of R. Druce)
[Goran Lake, NSW, December 2012]

Australian Pratincole drinking
[Goran Lake, NSW, December 2012]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of an immature Australian Pratincole - note the all-black bill (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2013]

Judging by its inconspicuous colours, this Australian Pratincole may be an immature bird
[Sturt NP, NSW, September 2012]

Behaviour

Australian Pratincoles are often found in habitats without vegetation, such as e.g. gibber, fallow fields, or, as shown here, roadsides (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Near Moree, NSW, December 2013]

This Australian Pratincole is ducking like a duck
[Goran Lake, NSW, December 2012]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

ausprat_20151219_1.mp3 (NW NSW) Warning/departure © MD

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