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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

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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

BREEDING

Sex unknown

Frontal view of an Australian Pratincole looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Birdsville Development Road, QLD, September 2022]

Near-frontal view of an Australian Pratincole looking towards the observer (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Birdsville Development Road, QLD, September 2022]

Near-lateral view of an Australian Pratincole looking towards the observer (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Birdsville Development Road, QLD, September 2022]

Near-lateral view of an Australian Pratincole (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Birdsville Development Road, QLD, September 2022]

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

Lateral view of an Australian Pratincole looking towards the observer (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Birdsville Development Road, QLD, September 2022]

Lateral view of an Australian Pratincole (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Birdsville Development Road, QLD, September 2022]

Close-up lateral view of an Australian Pratincole (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Birdsville Development Road, QLD, September 2022]

Close-up lateral view of an Australian Pratincole (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Birdsville Development Road, QLD, September 2022]

Lateral view of an Australian Pratincole on eutrophic soil in a wetland (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Jollys Dam Road, Pine Creek, NT, January 2020]

Close-up lateral view of an Australian Pratincole looking away from the observer (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Birdsville Development Road, QLD, September 2022]

Near-dorsal view of an Australian Pratincole looking towards the observer (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Between Windorah and Bedourie, QLD, August 2022]

Near-dorsal view of an Australian Pratincole looking towards the observer (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Between Windorah and Bedourie, QLD, August 2022]

Near-dorsal view of an Australian Pratincole (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Birdsville Development Road, QLD, September 2022]

Dorsal view of an Australian Pratincole (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Between Windorah and Bedourie, QLD, August 2022]

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/ventral 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]

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]

NON-BREEDING

Judging by its inconspicuous colours and the blotches on its upperparts, this Australian Pratincole may be in non-breeding plumage
[Sturt NP, NSW, September 2012]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Close-up lateral view of an immature Australian Pratincole - note the all-black bill and the mottled and streaked appearance (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Sewage Treatment Plant, Katherine, NT, July 2020]

Lateral view of a juvenile Australian Pratincole (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Sewage Treatment Plant, Katherine, NT, July 2020]

Lateral view of a juvenile Australian Pratincole (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2013]

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]

For reasons unknown, this Australian Pratincole was found ducking like a duck
[Goran Lake, NSW, December 2012]

Food, Diet

Near-dorsal view of an Australian Pratincole drinking water
[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.m4a (NW NSW) Warning/departure © MD

More Australian Pratincole sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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