Pranticoles have a character all of their own, like Charadrius plovers on the ground and like terns in flight. Small bird (L 25 cm), with long pointed wing and deeply forked tail. Breeding is colonial and occurs on flat areas with sparse vegetation. Birds occupy marshes or similar areas normally near water, but also fallow land, steppe and crops far away from water. The diet consist principally on insects. Migrant.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex
The loss and degradation of habitats, the increase in the use of pesticides and disturbances at the breeding sites are the most important reasons for the decline of the species.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
4,600 / 6,000 pairs
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