Black-winged Pratincole
Black-winged Pratincole
Scientific Name 
Glareola nordmanni
Arabic Name 
أبو اليسر أسود الجناح
Kuwaiti name 
خطاف عمان
64.0 cm
24.0 cm
Near Threatened
Similar species 


Uncommon passage migrant. Up to 600 were recorded at Sabah Al-Ahmad Natural Reserve in mid April 2009. Some populations have declined but the species is poorly monitored.
Where in Kuwait 
Passage birds are regularly encountered in Kuwait and it occupies seasonally wet (irrigated) farmlands where most records of this species have been encountered
In the world 
A Near Threatened species which has a very large range and a declining population. It breeds in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan and sporadically in Belarus, Hungary and Azerbaijan and migrates to southern Africa, mainly Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia. They apparently migrate rapidly overland at high altitude to non-breeding grounds. During the non-breeding season the species is constantly nomadic following swarming insect prey.
Local threats 
Pesticides in farmlands and reduction of preferred habitat