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Rock Pratincole in Uganda (“Glareola nuchalis”)

Rock Pratincole

How Does the Rock Pratincole in Uganda Look Like?

The Rock Pratincole in Uganda is one of the Uganda Birds seen during Birding Safaris in Uganda. It is a small African water living bird with length 16.5–19.5 cm; wing: 14.3–16.0 cm; bill: 10-12mm; tail: 5–6 cm; mass: 43–52 grams.

Adults have dark gray or brown down with a white line starting below the eye extending to the back of the neck like a collar.

They have dark and long wings with a white patch on the underwing. The tail is long and forked and with a white belly.

Their tail is forked and they usually have a white belly. The beak is dark with a red base.  legs and eyes are reddish.

How Does The Rock Pratincole in Uganda Feed?

Rock pratincoles forage in the air mostly active at night and early morning around water and adjacent riverine woodland.

They are very active after rain and their usual prey include termites, beetles, moths and grasshoppers. They often forage in the company of swallows and martins.

How Does the Rock Pratincole in Uganda Nest?

They nest on plain rocks usually between perennial rivers with speedy running water to protect against predators.

How Does The Rock Pratincole in Uganda Breed?

Rock pratincole are monogamous and breed in pairs or small colonies that are mixed with other birds. Their courtship displays involve aerial and ground chases.

How Does The Rock Pratincole in Uganda Reproduce?

They lay 1-2 greyish to green eggs with splotches for easy camouflage on the rocks. Both adults incubate the eggs for a period of about 20 days.  Chicks are regurgitated by both parents.

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