pratincole

pratincole

[prat-ing-kohl, prat-n-]
noun
any of several limicoline birds of the genus Glareola, of the Eastern Hemisphere, having a short bill, long, narrow, pointed wings, and a forked tail.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin Pratincola (1756) genus name, equivalent to Latin prāt(um) meadow + incola inhabitant (see in-2, -colous)

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pratincole (ˈprætɪŋˌkəʊl, ˈpreɪ-)
 
n
any of various swallow-like shore birds of the southern Old World genus Glareola and related genera, esp G. pratincola, having long pointed wings, short legs, and a short bill: family Glareolidae, order Charadriiformes
 
[C18: from New Latin pratincola field-dwelling, from Latin prātum meadow + incola inhabitant]

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pratincole

any of six or seven Old World shorebird species constituting the subfamily Glareolinae of the family Glareolidae, which also includes the coursers. Pratincoles are about 20 cm (8 inches) long and are brown with a white rump; the tail is forked, and the wings are long and pointed. Pratincoles feed on insects at twilight, flying over rivers and lakes in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. They nest colonially, on the ground, often in hoofprints of grazing animals

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